Severe weather clean-up starts on Teesside

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Media captionWork to clear up the damage from the storm began in earnest on Friday

A clean-up operation is under way on Teesside following the storm and tidal surge.

On Thursday, the River Tees burst its banks and 300 homes were evacuated in Port Clarence.

The weather caused disruption in central Middlesbrough, which was plunged into darkness when a sub station flooded.

A flood warning remains in place for the Tees Estuary at Port Clarence and Haverton Hill.

There are lower risk flood alerts for the area around the River Tees, downstream of the Tees Barrage, including areas of Middlesbrough and Billingham.

The highest tide in 150 years was recorded on Teesside, the RNLI said.

Roof ripped off

David Rose, from Stockton Council, said the high tide early on Friday had not caused any further flooding.

He said water pumps were clearing out businesses affected by Thursday's high water and the council would be assessing what support people would need.

Image caption Redcar was one of the places hit by the tidal surge

The A178 in Hartlepool and the A1046 in Port Clarence were both closed because of flooding.

Thousands of homes were left without electricity on Thursday but Northern Powergrid said by Friday power had been restored to the majority of properties.

The roof of High Tunstall College of Science in Hartlepool was ripped off in storm-force winds.

In Middlesbrough, traffic and street lights were not operating and shoppers used mobile phones as torches to negotiate their way through the darkness.

At Redcar and Saltburn, police moved people on as they gathered on the seafront to watch the effects of the tidal surge.

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