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Storm Ciara: Animal trailer swept away in North Yorkshire floods

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Media captionFootage shows cattle trailer swept away in Yorkshire dales

North Yorkshire has been battered by Storm Ciara, with roads turned to rivers, cars stranded and farm machinery swept away by floods.

In Swaledale, an animal trailer was blown into the water and swept away.

Amanda Owen, known as The Yorkshire Shepherdess, said her sheep were not inside and were safe but it was impossible to get to them.

Cars were stuck in heavy floodwater around Hawes, Apperset, Sutton-in-Craven and Crosshills.

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"The sheep are usually on the moor 1,700 ft above sea level," Ms Owen said.

"I brought them down at darkfall last night when I heard the weather forecast, but there are so many rivulets and torrents, if the sheep or dog or a person fell in, that would be it," she said.

"The force and power in the water is incredible."

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Image caption A driver was stranded in flood water near Hawes in North Yorkshire
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Image caption Trees were blown over the road on the A65 between Kirkby Lonsdale and Cowen Bridge

The Environment Agency has now removed its red "danger to life" warning from the River Nidd, which had been expected to overflow flood defences at Pateley Bridge.

Across England heavy rain and gales of 60mph to 80mph have brought some air, ferry and rail journeys to a standstill - with gusts of up to 90mph expected later.

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