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Storm Doris continues to wreak havoc across the Midlands

Storm Doris is making its way across the Midlands this afternoon, amber warnings remain in place as the MET office continue to predict strong winds and heavy rain for much of the region.

Credit: Gary Smith.

ITV News Central viewer Gary Smith sent us these images of a tree which has come down blocking the road in Kings Avenue, Atherstone, in Warwickshire.

The adverse conditions are expected to remain in place until at least 8PM.

Credit: Gary Smith.

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Storm Doris: Thousands of properties without power

More than 30,000 properties across the Midlands have suffered power cuts as winds of up to 80mph hit after the Met Office released a amber weather warning.

Western Power Distribution said:

As of 13.30 we have 22,000 customers off supply in the West Midlands with Hereford, Ludlow, Worcester, Telford and Stoke the worst affected.

There are 10,000 customers without power in the East Midlands.

We have engineers working extremely hard in difficult conditions to restore supplies as soon as possible.

– Western Power Distribution

Customers advised not to travel due to Storm Doris disruption

East Midlands Trains is advising its customers not to try and travel today (23 February) unless their journey is essential due to disruption caused by Storm Doris.

Services across the network are currently very significantly disrupted and this is expected to last for the reminder of the day.

In addition, due to issues across the rest of the UK rail network, alternative journey options are extremely limited.

Jake Kelly, Managing Director for East Midlands Trains, said:

We are advising people not to try and travel today. We apologise to customers affected by today's disruption.

– East Midlands Trains, Jake Kelly

Rob McIntosh, route managing director for Network Rail, said:

Speed restrictions keep passengers and staff safe during high winds, as trees and other objects can get blown onto the tracks and at reduced speeds drivers are better able to bring trains to a halt if anything is spotted ahead.

– Network Rail, Rob McIntosh

Customers holding tickets for travel today can get a full refund on their ticket or can use it to travel on Friday 24 February.

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Woman dies in Storm Doris related incident

The woman died after debris fell on her head Credit: PA

A woman has died after a piece of debris fell onto the street in Wolverhampton.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received around 15 emergency calls this morning (23 February) to Dudley Street outside Starbucks.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:

On arrival, crews found a woman who had suffered very serious head injuries. Sadly, it quickly became apparent that there was nothing that could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service
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