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Storm Ali hits North & West Yorkshire

Storm Ali hits North & West Yorkshire

Published at 7:58am 19th September 2018. (Updated at 6:20pm 19th September 2018)

Yorkshire's bracing itself for very windy weather today.

 

6:20pm

Live updates

We're going to end the live updates for now, as the wind appears to be dying down.

If anything major breaks we'll let you know!

5:55pm

Sutton Bank open

Following earlier shed load. A meat lorry apparently.

5:53pm

Travel chaos in Harrogate

And those power outages are causing issues around the Hookstone area of Harrogate, with lights at Oatlands and Woodlands still out.

5:52pm

Our power's back! Again

Thanks for bearing with us if you're listening on FM, DAB or online - the power cuts have affected our output this afternoon.

5:03pm

The power has gone again stemming from an earlier outage affecting South Harrogate. Businesses, homes and traffic lights are all affected.

4:56pm

Power issues return in Harrogate

We know this because, well, our office power has gone off.

We'll keep investigating.

4:49pm

Images from A56 incident

Here's why the A56 was closed earlier today

4:42pm

Ali keeping the police busy

4:40pm

A56 Reopened

The earlier fallen tree in Thornton-in-Craven has now been cleared and you can drive to Lancashire care free (if you really want to)

4:30pm

Sutton Bank closed

A lorry shed its load earlier this afternoon, closing the steep ascent and descent into the North York Moors.

Sutton Bank remains closed and alternate routes are incredibly busy.

4:28pm

A56 Closed

The A56 remains closed in both directions at the junction of Old Road in Thornton-in-Craven.

This follows a tree hitting a vehicle around 2:30pm this afternoon.

4:26pm

Woodlands Traffic Lights out

The traffic lights on Wetherby Road, at the Woodlands Pub in Harrogate, are out causing travel issues as people look to head out of town at the end of the working day.

This follows the earlier power cuts that affected much of the South of Harrogate.

4:24pm

Earlier information from the Met Office

The Met Office has warned of a danger to life as Storm Ali brings winds up to 75mph to parts of the UK today.

Forecasters are predicting a very windy spell of weather, with travel disruption, power cuts and damage to buildings expected.

Weather warnings have been issued for parts of the country.

Met Office spokesperson said:

"Flying debris is likely and could lead to injuries or danger to life".

Main picture courtesy of the Met Office

4:21pm

Live Updates

We'll be updating this page as we get more information on how winds are affecting Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale thanks to Storm Ali.