Cumbria storm: 70mph winds cause power cuts and rail disruption

Crowds at Carlisle station
Image caption Overhead line problems between Penrith and Oxenholme have caused delays at Carlisle railway station

Thousands of properties were left without power and train services were stopped after gale force winds of up to 70mph hit Cumbria.

About 2,000 homes in Workington were affected by a high voltage fault, but Electricity North West said it had restored power to them.

About 150 properties in Ireby were affected by another power cut.

Many train services in the county have been cancelled, with others facing severe delays.

High winds and heavy rain caused large amounts of debris on a number of roads, including on the A5086 from Cockermouth to Egremont.

Train disruption

Cumbria Police said there had been some minor collisions, but no-one had been seriously injured.

The M6 is open, but police urged drivers to "slow down and use caution".

Transpennine Express has stopped running trains between Preston and Carlisle for the rest of the day, due to trees bringing down overhead power lines near Oxenholme.

The operator said it had put on replacement bus services and tickets for travel to Scotland were being accepted on alternative train routes.

National Rail Enquiries said a reduced-frequency train shuttle, operated by Virgin Trains, was running between Preston and Carlisle.

Ireby School in Wigton and Seaton Academy in Workington are both closed due to power cuts.

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