Homes without power in north of England as strong winds continue

Tree resting on overhead power lines in Hessay, York Image copyright EPA/LINDESEY PARNABY
Image caption A tree was blown on to overhead power lines in Hessay, York

High winds have continued to hit the north of England, causing travel disruption and power cuts.

A total of 870 properties remain without electricity as a result of weather-related damage, Northern Powergrid said.

The company said it had extra engineers in place to deal with the problems affecting Northumberland, County Durham and Yorkshire.

Roads were closed earlier in the day and trains were also delayed.

The A1(M) in North Yorkshire was closed between junctions 46 and 49, but has reopened, the Highways Agency said.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said high winds had blown over four HGVs along the A1 on Friday night.

Wind, snow and ice

A 75-year-old man had to be rescued from his overturned lorry at Baldersby, near Ripon. He was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

A spokesman said firefighters were called out to similar incidents at Allerton Park, near York, Dishforth and Boroughbridge.

A section of the A6 in Cumbria was closed between Old Road and the B6261 due to a fallen tree, but the road is also now clear.

There were delays of up to 40 minutes on the rail line between Preston and Carlisle due to high winds.

In Sunderland, a statue on the roof of a theatre toppled over and was left on its side hanging from its base 90ft (27m) from the ground.

The Sunderland Empire had to cancel Saturday's performance of Everybody Dance after police sealed off surrounding streets and firefighters secured the statue.

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Image caption Police sealed off surrounding streets after the statue on top of the Sunderland Empire theatre fell over

A tree was blown on to overhead power cables in York, cutting power to 87 properties. Northern Powergrid said the supply had now been restored.

Crews from Bedale dealt with another lorry which had its sides and roof blown off at Leeming Bar. The driver was led to safety off the motorway, the fire service said.

A section of the A66 between Brough in Cumbria and Bowes in County Durham has been closed to high-sided vehicles due to strong wind.

It came after a lorry was blown over on the road at Stainmore at 04:37 GMT, the fire brigade said.

The North East, North West and Yorkshire have yellow warnings in place for wind, snow and ice.

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