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Weather: STORM BRONAGH arrives today

Storm Bronagh brings us our second named storm in as many days.

An area of strong winds is likely to develop across parts of Wales and southwest England during Thursday evening before spreading further eastwards across England.

The strongest winds are then expected to clear into the North Sea early on Friday.

Most likely is that we will see gusts of 45-50 mph in a few spots inland as well as more widely around exposed coasts.

However, there is a small chance that stronger winds will develop in some areas with 60-65 mph gusts possible, particularly overnight into Friday across eastern England.

The strong winds will accompanied by short-lived outbreaks of very heavy rain in places.

Highway teams working flat out to clear roads of storm debris

Highways teams in Cumbria are working flat out today to clear the remnants of Storm Ali. Carlisle and the west coast of the county have been the hardest-hit areas, with power shortages, a number of fallen trees and some building damage.

Clearup in Holywood, Dumfries and Galloway Credit: ITV Border
Clearup in Holywood, Dumfries and Galloway Credit: ITV Border
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Highways staff are attending over 100 incidents across the county, including :

Allerdale • Over 20 separate locationsTwo road closures due to fallen trees

Barrow • Two road closures – one due to a tree fallen against the TA Centre on Holker Street, and the other due to danger presented by falling slates.

Carlisle • 37 separate locations being attended to.

Eden • Over 20 separate locations being attended to.

South Lakeland • Over 15 separate locations, mainly in the west of the area.

Harrington Shore Credit: Kirstie Roberts

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind and rain are in force Cumbria - people are being advised to avoid travelling unless absolutely essential during the current severe weather conditions.

The advise is, if you do need to travel, drive with extreme caution and factor in extra time for your journey.

Thousands of homes still without power in Scottish Borders

Storm Ali hits Dumfries and Galloway Tree down in Kirkcudbright Credit: Drew Geddes

Storm Ali has left thousands of homes in the Scottish Borders without power this morning.

Wind gusts of up to 80mph caused widespread damage to the electricity network across central and southern Scotland. Fallen trees brought down power poles and debris was blown onto lines causing outages across the region.

Around 5000 homes are currently without power in Scotland, with the majority affected in the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Customers of Scottish Power are being told the issue may not be resolved for another three days due to the significant damage across the region.

High winds across most of the day and in to the evening yesterday meant that working conditions were very difficult. Blocked roads and travel issues also caused additional difficulties for our engineers.

Good progress has been made, but there is still a significant amount of damage on the network that engineers will face today. We will continue to work hard to reconnect customers as quickly as we can.”


Scottish Power customers are advised to call 105 to get updates on power outages in their area, and encourage anyone in need of special assistance to make contact our customer service team.

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