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Friday, 26 December 2014

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Severe winds cause damage across Cumbria

A stable blew across a road and residents were left without power, as north and west Cumbria were battered by winds of up to 50mph.

Stable in road photo
This stable was blown into the road close to Isel Bridge

Motorists were warned to slow down and drive carefully, and the Met Office had a yellow warning for wind in place until later this morning.

The A66 across the Pennines remained closed to high-sided vehicles after Cumbria police received reports that both a HGV and a horse box had blown over during the night in gusts of wind of between 46mph and 50mph.

Electricity North West confirmed around 600 customers were without power across Cumbria and Lancashire.

Residents in the Egremont area were plunged into darkness at about 9.45pm, after strong winds pulled down a power cable.

A spokesman for Cumbria police confirmed they had been contacted at about 9.50pm to reports that a power cable had snapped and was “sparking across the road”.

The utility company said it sent an engineer to the site immediately, and restored power to those homes by 12.50am.

“It has been a very busy night and indeed a busy morning,” a spokeswoman for Electricity North West said. “Strong winds have affected overhead power cables across Cumbria and Lancashire and we are working to restore power to those affected as quickly as possible.”

The strangest incident of the evening related to a flying stable.

Police were contacted by a farmer at about 9.50pm, who reported that his stable had blown across the road by the bridge at Isel, near Cockermouth.

He said it had “wedged itself” across the road, and he needed to wait until this morning to use heavy duty equipment to remove it.

Officers are warning that the road remained blocked first thing this morning.

Other reported incidents overnight included a tree blown down near the Old Mill Inn, in Rowbeck, Dearham, and also another tree on the A66 near Stainburn Road, Workington.

A police spokesman said a number of signs had also blown off their poles beside the M6 between Tebay and Penrith, and were on the carriageway.

Firefighters across the region had a quiet night though, with a crew from Workington being called to the tree on the A66 at about midnight, but to no other reported incidents.

The Environment Agency have this morning issued a flood alert for the Upper Derwent, from Seathwaite to Derwent Water.

And mid-morning, the M6 exit slip road north at junction 40 (Penrith) was closed because of a fallen tree.

Have your say

it wasnt the wind,it was just hot air from all the new widnes town viking supporters ahead of the local derby with haven,,,,after all they are just coming out of the wilderness after 20 yr

Posted by cynical west cumbrian on 18 April 2013 at 20:18

Looks like its taken down digital TV and Radio in the West as well, certainly Whitehaven and Seascale are suffering from a loss of signal.

Posted by Mark on 18 April 2013 at 13:19

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