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Weather: STORM ALI continues to bite

Storm Ali will continue to bring very strong winds to the region this afternoon and evening.

Some areas, perhaps most likely parts of southern Scotland and the far northeast of England as well as exposed coasts and high ground, could see gusts of 80 mph at times.

Winds will ease from the west later

Cumbria police urge people to take care during Storm Ali after lorry overturns on M6

Police are urging people to take care in the high winds caused by Storm Ali following a number of calls coming in across the county.

This comes after a HGV overturned on the M6 northbound between junctions 43 and 44.

The road is expected to be closed for another two hours to allow recovery of the vehicle.

Most of the problems caused by the weather appear to be in the north and west of the county, with a number of reports of falling trees blocking roads.

A lorry overturned on the M6 Northbound, between junction 43 and 44 Credit: Cumbria Roads

We are getting a high number of calls about disruption, with trees down on some roads. We would urge people to be aware of their surroundings and take care. We would ask drivers to leave themselves plenty of time for travelling and to monitor local radio and websites for any travel information. Our advice to drivers is to slow down and to drive to the conditions you face.”

– SUPERINTENDENT MARK PANNONE, CUMBRIA POLICE

Major incident declared in Dumfries and Galloway

A major incident has been declared in Dumfries and Galloway due to Storm Ali. The high winds have caused a number of problems in the region with more expected.

Emergency Services in the area are on standby to deal with any disruption caused by severe weather.

Storm Ali is set to ease this evening.

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Residents return home after methane levels rise in Workington

Pilgrim Street, Workington. Credit: Google Maps

Residents in Workington return home today after increased methane levels led to their evacuation.

The residents of Pilgrim Street, Workington, left their homes after localised levels of naturally forming methane were detected on 14th September.

Allerdale Council will continue to monitor the levels within the properties and families are advised to keep their houses ventilated. According to officers the concentration of methane has fallen to a 'negligible' level.

Due to further testing, one household on the street will not return as soon as others but they have been ensured that levels are very low.

The council have been advised by Northern Gas to monitor levels around a property in Harrington Road, Workington - a street that backs onto Pilgrim Street.

The Council has been in contact with all residents directly affected and is not advising the further evacuation of any properties on Harrington Road or the wider local area at this moment. This is because the levels of naturally occurring methane remains very localised and at low and safe level".

– ALLERDALE COUNCIL

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