Birmingham & Black Country

Black Country severe weather causes problems

A 40ft (12m) tree crashed through a truck parked in a pub car park as storms wreaked more havoc across the region overnight.

Across the Black Country, high winds and heavy rain damaged properties and forced road closures.

A yellow weather warning issued by the Met Office remained in place across the West Midlands.

Train services resumed at Birmingham New Street on Tuesday after delays and cancellations on Monday night.

In Walsall, up to 100 homes were without electricity for two hours when a power cable came down. It was restored to the homes by midnight.

Staff at the Green Rock Tavern in Blakenhall, Walsall, said customers and staff were "lucky" to escape the tree, which fell just three metres away from their pub's entrance.

Another tree fell in Wolverhampton's West Park, causing traffic delays when surrounding roads were closed as the tree was removed.

Earlier, London Midland trains resumed a normal service through Birmingham New Street after a 50mph speed limit was put into place on all journeys through the night.

Virgin Trains has also resumed many services. A spokesman for the company confirmed that tickets purchased for cancelled trains on Monday would still be accepted on trains on Tuesday.

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