A Virgin Pendolino train full of passengers had to be rescued after getting stranded south of Carlisle.

Storm Hector has brought chaos to Cumbria with roads blocked and train services through the county severely hit.

Some places were hit

Storm Hector has brought strong winds to Cumbria - with some places hit by 100mph gusts.

The Met Office has a yellow wind warning in place until 3pm today.

One of the biggest casualties of the storm has been the West Coast Mainline with services running through Cumbria either cancelled or delayed.

A Virgin Trains service was stranded between Carlisle and Penrith due to fallen trees this morning.

"Passengers waited to be rescued by the Direct Rail Services (DRS) Thunderbird locomotive out of Carlisle Railway Station," said a DRS spokeswoman.

"Direct Rail Services who have their head office based in Carlisle and actually had employees upon the stranded service are proud to support Virgin and help keep the network moving during these adverse conditions.

Marquees set up for the Cumberland Show this weekend were also hit by the storm.

Road problems

Police have been called to 25 weather-related incidents since 6am this morning.

Debris has been strewn across many roads with some trees reportedly blown over in Wigton's Lowmoor Road, the A6 at Shap and the Keswick end of the A591.

The Durdar to Newbiggin road, on the southern edge of Carlisle, is partially blocked due to accident and fallen tree near Beech house. Dalston Road is also said to be blocked, near Peter Lane, due to a fallen tree.

There are also blocked trees near Ashness Bridge, Keswick, and the A591 at Grasmere.

Speed restrictions have been put in place on the M6, with motorists told to go no faster than 50mph between Tebay and Penrith and between junctions 44 and 43 at Carlisle.

A police spokesman said: "Many of these are reports are of trees or branches falling into the road causing initial blockages. There have been no reports of any serious collisions.

"Police are working with colleagues at the Highways Agency to clear roads but are urging motorists to drive to the conditions.

"Advice is for motorists to slow down, allow extra time for your journey and be vigilant of branches or other objects on the road."

A total of 339 properties in the Shap area were been left without power this morning. While dozens more in Allerdale have also been hit.

Two trees came down in Cockermouth during the night - blocking a main road and damaging a garage.

Council contractors were called out early this morning to deal with a tree which was blocking Station Road, by the mini roundabout. It had been blown down from the car park of West Cumberland Farmers and was removed before 8am.

An ash tree crashed on to the roof of a Cockermouth home and business during the night.

Adele Holmes, who runs Cockermouth Chiropody on Laithwaite Road, woke up this morning to discover part of the ash tree on her garage roof.

Council staff also had to deal with a large branch in Millfield, Workington.

A spokesman said: "Teams are going out to check on trees, our advice is to report any fallen trees or branches and damaged buildings on 0303 1231702."

Train and bus delays

All lines between Carlisle and Preston are blocked due to a loss of power from fallen overhead lines - reportedly due to a fallen a tree between Carlisle and Penrith.

Virgin Trains say services on the west coast line through Cumbria may be delayed by up to 60 minutes or cancelled, with normal service not resuming until 6pm.

Train passengers travelling on the West Coast Mainline between Preston and Glasgow/Edinburgh - where possible - will also face delays thanks to a wind-enforced speed restriction.

No trains are running between Hexham and Carlisle until about 8.30am, say Norther rail, due to a tree falling on the track. Services between Hexham and Newcastle are running "with caution".

The Stagecoach 555 service from Kendal to Keswick is terminating at Grasmere due to the fallen tree at Keswick.

Flood alerts

Cumbria's coastline has also been put on a flood alert. A full roundup of the various alerts can be found by clicking here.

Read more about Storm Hector in the region here .