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GALE WARNINGS: UPDATE 5.20pm

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Gale force winds continue to batter the country today - and our region is not escaping the brunt of the weather.

REGIONAL

Yorkshire and North East

NEW: M1 South Yorkshire - Strong winds on M1 Tinsley Viaduct between J34, A631 (Meadowhall - South Roundabout) and J34, A631 (Meadowhall - North Roundabout). Matrix sign set to 40 mph.

A638 South Yorkshire - A638 Great North Road in Rossington blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the High Common Lane junction and the Hurst Lane junction, because of a fallen tree.

M62 East Yorkshire - M62 Ouse Bridge in East Yorkshire closed and delays in both directions between J36, A614 (Goole) and J37, A614 (Howden), because of an overturned lorry. Diversion in operation - Westbound via the solid triangle symbol, Eastbound via the solid square symbol. Fire service were sent out to the M18 southbound between junction 7 and 6 after a lorry overturned due to high winds. Paramedics gave first aid to the driver and traffic was moving slowly after the incident.

Travel South Yorkshire has just received information that the East Coast mainline is closed from Doncaster to the Scottish border.

Queueing traffic on A1(M) Doncaster Bypass southbound from J37, A635 (Marr) to J36 A630 Warmsworth Road, because of an earlier overturned vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion on A1 to Wentbridge South.

M18 South Yorkshire - On the M180 westbound between junction J2 and the M18, there are currently delays of 10 mins due to heavy traffic.

A60 South Yorkshire - A60 Worksop Road in Tickhill closed and queueing traffic in both directions at the A631 Rotherham Road junction, because of a serious accident involving lorry and a car.

RAIL

Rail travellers are seriously affected with no train services being run by East Coast or First Hull Trains through Doncaster; replacement bus service running on East Midlands Trains between Doncaster and Lincoln Central due to poor weather.

Disruption on First Transpennine Express between Sheffield and Manchester Piccadilly due to overhead line problems between Stockport and Manchester Piccadilly.

No trains are currently running between Doncaster and Sheffield.

DONCASTER

A18 Carr House Road in Doncaster closed eastbound from the Hamilton Road junction to the Thoresby Avenue junction, because of a fallen tree.

Cusworth Lane in Doncaster closed in both directions at the Back Lane junction, because of fallen power cables.

Doncaster Council reported this morning that the A18 Carr House Road had to be closed in the direction of the racecourse roundabout, between Danum Road and Sandbeck Road due to a tree blocking the carriageway.

Denbrook Lane at Clifton was also closed due to a tree blocking the carriageway, with a partial closure of the A614 Hatfield Road at Thorne.

In the town centre Sunny Bar and the pedestrian access along the Market Place was cordoned off, as was St Sepulchre Gate outside the Frenchgate Centre.

A spokesman said: “Pedestrians are reminded that there will be no access to Frenchgate Shopping Centre from Clock Corner, along St Sepulchre Gate, as far as Clas Ohlson due to high winds and unsafe external signage.

“A decision was made with assistance from both South Yorkshire Fire and Police Services, to close the road for health and safety reasons and to ensure the safety of all customers and the general public.

“Access has been restricted to Frenchgate Shopping Centre via Bell Brothers entrance and the stores along St Sepulchre Gate. All other entrance and exits remain operational.

“The road closure will remain in place until further notice is received to re-open from the MET Office and emergency services.”

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue reported giving advise to a resident of Copley Road in Doncaster who called at 10.30am concerned about loose roof tiles.

Reports were also received about a fallen tree in Lambeth Road, Balby; also a tree brought down eletric cables at Cusworth Lane leading to the road closure; and a trampoline was blown into the road at Woodcross Avenue at Cantley at 11.30am.

Doncaster fire crew went out to Thorpe Road in Balne at 11.35am after concerns were raised about dangerous roof tiles.

Police attended an overturned lorry on the southbound carriageway of the A1M between junctions 36 and 37.

Lakeside Village will remain closed until at last 2pm due to concerns about signage falling.

The roof at The Hayfield School in Auckley is reported to have blown off.

The following roads have fallen trees:

- Park Road/Sprotborough Road, the tree is overhanging the footpath

- Willow Drive, Mexborough

- Fifth Square, Stainforth, the tree is blocking the footpath

- Cemetery road, Hatfield, is blocked

- Denbrook/Common lane is blocked

- Old Scotch Spring Lane

- Churchfield Road, Campsall

- Lindholme road, Hatfield Woodhouse

- Armthorpe road, Rugby club

- Galsworthy close Balby, the tree is blocking the footpath

- White Cockhill Farm, Bate Lane, the tree is blocking the road

ISLE OF AXHOLME

High winds are creating havoc across North Lincolnshire, with flood warnings out to several parts of the Isle.

Motorists are urged take extra care, with winds of up to 80mph now hitting the region.

The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for the River Trent in Owston Ferry, Eastoft, Keadby, Scunthorpe, Burringham, Garthorpe, Luddington and West Butterwick.

Residents reported on social media site facebook reported that they have prepared with sandbags following the warnings.

People are advised to keep checks. The Environment Agency updates its flood guidance every 15 minutes on its website at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx and people can follow the Environment Agency on Twitter at @EnvAgency using the hashtag #floodaware

“A Humberside police spokesman said: “We are getting a high number of calls that are weather-related incidents and are working with service partners in all areas to deal with these. The Humber Bridge has been closed to all vehicles which is a general barometer of how bad the situation is getting.

“The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation closely, working alongside partners including the emergency services, Met Office and local authorities.”

Met Office weather forecasts and warnings can be found at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/yh/yh_forecast_warnings.html and people can follow the Met Office on Twitter at @metoffice and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/metoffice

Live traffic information updates are available on the Highways Agency website at http://www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information/, the BBC Travel news website which provides live traffic information at http://www.bbc.co.uk/travelnews/humber or tune into local radio for the latest traffic and travel information.

DEARNE

Some businesses had reportedly closed in Mexborough earlier today due to the high winds.

A greengrocers and some outdoor market traders were said to have closed as gale force winds swept through the High Street.

Stallholder Phil Toone, 60, said: “I think a greengrocers shut because it has a n open front on trading days.

“The outdoor market has been very quiet aswell. I think some have stayed away as a precaution.”

Meanwhile, Barnsley District General Hospital suffered a power cut, believed to be caused by the adverse weather, and was operating on emergency generators this morning.

* Our newest picture shows a battered garden on Amersall Crescent in Scawthorpe, and was submitted by reader Richard Crehan

* The second picture shows a garden at Lauder Road in Bentley, which has been submitted by reader Laura Smith, she pointed out that it used to have a fence.

* Our video shows Sunny Bar and pedestrian access along the market place being cordoned off

 

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