UPDATE: Drivers urged to take extra care as Storm Aileen hits

River Ure

2:55pm 12th September 2017
(Updated 11:25am 14th September 2017)

Update:

Commuters in Yorkshire are being warned of possible travel disruption this morning with a weather warning in place until 10.00am.

Storm Aileen has battered the region overnight, forecasters had warned of gusts up to 75mph in some exposed areas.

So far, we are aware of a few minor incidents.

One driver was caught out by standing water on a rural road near Ripon:


Winds have also brought down trees:

Drivers are being urged to allow extra time:

 


Motorists heading north across the Dales were being warned about flooding after part of the River Ure burst its banks.

The A684, between Bainbridge and Aysgarth was affected this morning (pictured above).

There have also been reports of isolated power cuts in some parts of North Yorkshire.

Engineers are in the process of restoring supplies.

 

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Drivers are being urged to take extra care on motorways and major A roads overnight and tomorrow morning during Storm Aileen.

Highways England has issued an amber ‘be aware’ alert across the country in response to a Met Office forecast of strong winds and heavy rain.

It's due to start at 9pm tonight and run until 9am tomorrow morning.

Drivers are being warned it generally takes at least twice as long to stop on a wet road as on a dry road because tyres have less grip on the surface. In wet weather you should:

• Slow down if the rain and spray from vehicles is making it difficult to see and be seen.

• Keep well back from the vehicle in front as this will increase your ability to see and plan ahead.

• Ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually if the steering becomes unresponsive as it probably means that water is preventing the tyres from gripping the road.

Drivers of lorries, caravans and motorbikes are being advised to avoid the following exposed sections of motorways and major A roads during Storm Aileen:

NORTH EAST

Location

Known as

M1 J32

M18 interchange

M1 J34

Tinsley Viaduct/Rotherham

M1 J39-J40

Crigglestone to Dewsbury

A628

Woodhead Pass

M62 J23-J25

Huddersfield to Brighouse

M62 J31-J32

Normanton to Pontefract

M62 J35a-J36

Rawcliffe Bridge, M18 interchange to J36 Goole

M62 J36-J37

River Ouse / Ouse Bridge

A1(M) J47-J49

Between A59 Knaresborough and A168 Dishforth

A1(M) J58-J65

Between A1 and Washington at J65

A66

Between M6 J40 - A1 (Scotch Corner)

A19

Hylton Bridge over River Wear

A19

Tees Viaduct

A19

Leven Viaduct

A69

All of it

-

Humber Bridge


NORTH WEST

Location

Known as

M53 J1-J2

Wallasey to Birkenhead

M56 J12

Runcorn and Sutton Weaver

M58 J1

Kirkby

M6 J20-J21

Thelwall Viaduct

M6 J26-J27

M58 to Standish

M6 J36-J45

Through Cumbria

M60 J10-J12

Barton Bridge through to M62

M60 J16-J17

Pendlebury and Kersley to Prestwich and Whitefield

M62 J18 - J27

Between Manchester and Leeds

M61 J4-J5

J5 Westhoughton

M61 J9 / M65 J1

Interchange

A56

Between M65 and A680 at Edenfield

M65 J3-J4

Withnell and Blackburn Interchange

A66

Between M6 J40 - A1 (Scotch Corner)

A69

All of it

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