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WATCH: Strong winds hit Yorkshire

WATCH: Strong winds hit Yorkshire

Published at 6:46am 11th January 2017. (Updated at 6:20pm 11th January 2017)

Strong winds have been battering parts of Yorkshire, with reports of trees down and power lines being damaged.

Gusts of up to 93mph were recorded this morning.

The stormy weather has also left many streets covered in branches and the contents of tipped over wheelie bins.

Pictured above: fallen tiles on Commercial Street, Harrogate

Maria, on Park Row in Knaresborough, told Stray FM: "It's recycling day and everybody's put their recycling bins out and now from the traffic lights down, it's just cans, glass, all sorts. It's not good."

 

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has received several reports of structural damage, as well as the odd piece of play equipment going astray...

 

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, which has dealt with dozens of weather-related calls, is reminding everyone to secure items such as garden furniture, trampolines and bins.

Area Manager Jim Butters said: "The high winds are definitely keeping us busy; our firefighters have attended many incidents throughout the night and into today, ranging from rogue trampolines to damaged buildings.

"Firefighters' training prepares them for all weather conditions, but these strong winds can still make it challenging. The safety of our staff and of the general public is our number one concern.

"We urge the public to be vigilant of properties and buildings which could be damaged, and to stay safe when travelling home from work."

The weather has also caused problems on the roads, with fallen trees blocking roads including Pool Bank.

Police dealt with this incident near Ripon...

 

Trains and planes have been affected too...

 

 

Weather update from the Met Office:

 

Northern Powergrid has restored power to thousands of properties and says staff are ready to respond if there is any more damage.

Rod Gardner, Head of Network Operations, said: "We've invested in maintaining and upgrading our network, but weather like the gale force winds seen today can cause damage to our power network as result of by fallen trees and windborne debris coming into contact with our network.

"The strong winds are continuing to affect parts of our region, but we'd like to reassure our customers that our engineers are working hard, in these challenging weather conditions, to get their power back on for our customers as soon as possible."

Anyone who has a power cut or spots any damaged cables or other equipment can report it by calling 105.

Northern Powergrid can also be contacted directly on 0800 375 675.