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Cumbria is assessing the damage following high winds which saw gales of up to 100mph batter the county.
Trees have fallen down and the M6 and A66 were closed for a period of time over nights.
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Virgin Trains is advising customers not to travel because of severe weather on the west coast. It follows a decision to close part of the West Coast Main Line between Preston and Carlisle from 7pm until 9pm on Wednesday night.
All services on the West Coast Main Line will stop for two hours between 7-9pm and no alternative transport will be available.
Additionally the severe weather conditions will see trains slow as a precaution from 4pm on the following routes:
- Carlisle - Preston / Crewe
- Manchester Piccadilly / Liverpool Lime Street - Crewe / Stoke-on-Trent
- Carnforth / Barrow-in-Furness and Carlisle (Cumbrian Coast)
- Settle - Carlisle
- Preston - Blackpool North / Blackpool South
- Lancaster - Windermere
- Crewe - Stoke-on-Trent
Journey times could increase by up to 60 minutes. For more information click here.
Electricity North West is drafting in more engineers after the Met Office issued a red wind warning for Cumbria.
They've also cancelled planned power shutdowns and drafted in extra engineers to help keep the lights on and repair any potential damage.
Susan Stockwell, customer director at Electricity North West, said: “We are closely monitoring the weather and we’ve taken extra measures to get ready in case severe gales hit our region.
“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."
Here are their ten tips for dealing with a power cut.
- If there is a power cut first check your trip switches to see if it is an internal power cut.
- Ring our 24-hour emergency line on 0800 195 4141 and signup to receive updates to your mobile.
- Keep a torch handy.
- If you are a vulnerable customer register at www.enwl.co.uk/priority
- Check a stair lift can work without electricity.
- Consider installing an Uninterruptible Power Supply system, which will safeguard your IT equipment.
- Follow @ElectricityNW on Twitter for updates and more tips.
- If you run a business and cannot afford to be without power it may be worthwhile investing in a generator.
- Leave at least one light switched on so you know when your power is restored.
- Leave your fridge and freezer doors closed–chilled products should remain safe for a number of hours.
Parts of the north-west including southern Cumbrian are set to to be buffeted by winds of up to 100mph as the country is gripped by the latest band of bad weather.
The Met Office has issued a "red" weather warning for exceptionally strong winds this evening.
In addition, large waves could affect some coastal areas, the Met Office warned.
soon turning wet and very windy from the southwest.
Severe gales are likely, which may cause some disruption.
Snow is also expected over hillier areas giving difficult driving conditions in the evening. Maximum temperature 7 °C.