Police say some van and lorry drivers appear to be ignoring their advice not to use certain routes in high winds after three commercial vehicles overturned.
Two of them are within a quarter mile stretch of each other on the border between Cumbria and County Durham.
One lorry and a large white van have gone over on the A66 eastbound close to the Stainmore Cafe near Kirkby Stephen.
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