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Emergency services receiving a high number of calls relating to Storm Doris

Emergency services are dealing with high numbers of calls relating to Storm Doris and are asking residents to direct their calls accordingly.

The Met Office have issued an amber weather warning and raised concerns of possible travel disruptions and debris from high winds.

Some very strong winds are expected with gusts of 60-70 mph likely, and 70-80 mph on coasts and hills.

Birmingham pub bombings hearing underway

Some of the families of the 21 victims are attending a pre-inquest review hearing taking place in Birmingham Civil Justice Centre in Birmingham.

Coroner Peter Thornton says the objective today is to consider the scope of the inquests which will be "independant and thorough".

The families are expecting an update on funding, as well as more information on what will be released to the inquests expected to take place in late September.

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ROADS: A49 - SHROPSHIRE - CHURCH STRETTON

A49 Credit: Operational Patrol Unit Shropshire

A49 has been closed in both directions after a tree fell onto the road between B4371 Sandford Avenue (Church Stretton) and A5112 Hereford Road / A5 (Dobbies Island, Shrewsbury).

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TRAINS: DELAYS ON EAST MIDLANDS TRAINS

Train services from St. Pancras are facing delays due to high winds.

Damage to overhead electrical wires near London St Pancras has either delayed or cancelled East Midlands Train services.

All trains between London and Luton cannot run in either direction, disrupting trains on the London/Nottingham/Sheffield route.

There is no estimate of when the line will fully reopen or when normal train services are expected to resume.

ROADS: Delays after fuel spillage on M6 Northbound

M6 Northbound Credit: Highways England

One lane has been closed because of a fuel spillage and a broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway / A5127 Gravelly Hill / A38 Tyburn Road / Slade Road Spaghetti Junction and J7 A34 (Great Barr).

The lane closure is causing heavy traffic.

Storm Doris expected to cause widespread disruption

An amber weather warning has been issued Credit: PA

An amber weather warning, which means 'be prepared', has been issued for the Midlands.

Some very strong winds are expected in association with storm Doris with gusts of 60-70 mph likely, and 70-80 mph on coasts and hills.

Whilst the strongest winds look to be only short-lived, damage to structures, interruptions to power supplies and widespread disruption to travel networks are likely, with a danger of injury from flying debris.

Trees are also likely to be damaged or blown over. Heavy rain is also likely as well as some snow over high ground as the system clears eastwards.

The warning will be in place until 20:00 Thursday (23 February).

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