Ex-hurricane Ophelia has been raging through Cumbria, bringing with it gusts of almost 100mph in some parts of the county.

More than 1,000 of homes have been left without power, roads are closed and there's disruption to public transport.

Cumbria Police say they, along with other emergency services and agencies, have attended numerous incidents overnight relating to the high winds.

Winds of up to 70mph on high, exposed and coastal areas reached about 70mph while in the Shap area there are reports of gusts topping 100mph.

Damage has been caused right across the county with reports including trees falling down, roofs and debris on the roads and overhead cables down.

Reports were received of trees blocking the road between Camerton and Broughton this morning.

A police spokesman said: "It is possible that roads, in places, may still be obstructed this morning so the public are advised to plan extra time for journeys and continue to drive with care."

Electricity North West says 16,000 homes had a power cut across the region last night and extra engineers have been drafted in to sort out the problems.

County council crews responded to 34 different incidents overnight, mainly in the west of the county.

The storm brought down trees, tore a roof off a building in Whitehaven and even ripped the heads of traffic lights.

In addition high tides in combination with the wind saw debris piled on some of Cumbria’s coastal routes.

A spokesman for the council said: "It’s been a wild night and our teams have worked incredibly hard to respond quickly to incidents and get roads cleared.

"We were well prepared yesterday and that paid off.

"The clean-up will continue through the day so there is likely to be some local disruption, please give yourself extra times for journeys just in case and look out for further updates via our social media feeds.”

The A66 was closed to high sided vehicles between Brough and Bowes this morning, however it reopened about 8.30am.

The M6 between Penrith and Shap is busy as two lanes have been closed to carry out the recovery work after a lorry overturned on the southbound carriageway.

A road at Haile, near Egremont, is also closed because of a fallen tree.

And Morrisons petrol station in Whitehaven is closed this morning as part of the roof is damaged.

Trains passing through Lockerbie are running 30 minutes late because a tree had fallen onto the line. It has now been removed by Network Rail but delays are still in force.

Some other trains on the West Coast Mainline will also not be stopping in Cumbria due to the conditions.

The roads around Sellafield are said to be extremely busy due to the bad weather and results of strike action.

Bus routes have also been affected.

Engineers from Electricity North West are currently working to restore power this morning.

The region’s power network operator has restored supplies to more than 16,000 properties throughout the night.

Around 2,000 properties across the north west remain without power as flying debris has hit power lines and high winds make access difficult for repair teams.

Affected properties are mainly in the Lake District with 1,700 without power. Another 150 properties are out in Lancashire.

Martin Deehan, operations director for Electricity North West, said: “Our engineers are working in extremely difficult conditions and they will work as quickly and safely as possible to repair the damage caused by ex-hurricane Ophelia and restore power to customers.

“We are still monitoring the weather very closely and have drafted in extra engineers to help with the repairs.

"We work hard throughout the year maintaining and upgrading the network, but unfortunately overhead power lines can be damaged by flying debris in high winds.

“If you see any lines down please don’t approach them, call us directly on 105 and report it. You can also ring the same number to report a power cut 24 hours a day seven days a week.”

Police Scotland also reported a busy night in Dumfries and Galloway.

Calls relating to fallen trees blocking roads were prevalent and there are still a number of minor roads affected. They include from Langholm and Moffat in the east of the region through to Stranraer and Portpatrick in the west.

However, all major routes are open.

A spokesman said: "Police Scotland urge those heading out to work or on other business to still drive with care.

"Travellers are likely to come across fallen trees or branches on roads and we would urge anyone coming across such a situation to call it in to Police Scotland on the 101 number."

A number of calls were received relating to structural damage, such as roofs being blown off buildings in Castle Douglas and in Dumfries and scaffolding collapsing.

There are no reports of anyone being injured, say Police Scotland.

Crosby Ravensworth School, near Shap, has had to close because the building has no power.

Maryport lifeboat team were helping boat owners and marina staff secure vessels as Ophelia started to strike last night.

A team spokesman said: "The team worked along side Maryport Coastguard during the flooding tide.

"As the team headed back to the station, they were alerted my CGOC Belfast to the report of a large vessel in Maryport Harbour that had broken its moorings.

"The team arrived on scene along with Maryport Coastguard where the teams attempt to attach a stern line failed, and the main concern turned to removing the owner from the vessel."