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Latest pictures from the scene of Fort tower collapse

The clean up operation is now underway at the Fort Retail Park in Birmingham. Credit: ITV News Central/Bob Withers

These are the latest pictures from the Fort Shopping Park in Birmingham showing the damage caused after a tower was blown down in strong gales last night.

The pylon/tower which came down last night acted as a sign for the retail park. Credit: ITV News Central/Bob Withers

The sign, which is tall enough so it can be seen by vehicles travelling along the elevated section of the M6, came down in winds of up to 70mph last night as Storm Barney swept across the region.

The overground car park is closed at the retail park, but the underground car park is being used instead. Credit: ITV News Central/Bob Withers

The retail park is open today but the overground car park is closed.

Workmen are on site trying to remove the fallen tower. Credit: ITV News Central/Bob Withers


Fort Shopping Park still open after tower collapse

The sign crashed down into the empty car park during the heavy gales last night. Credit: Twitter: @andrew_buck

The Fort Shopping Park in Birmingham has confirmed the retail park is open today despite a tower in its car park collapsing during heavy gales last night.

In a statement on its website this morning a spokesperson said:

The force of Storm Barney unfortunately brought down The Fort Shopping Park Tower last night however, we can confirm nobody was close by or injured and there was also no damage to any vehicles.

The park remains open and all retailers will be trading as normal with vehicles being directed into the underground car park which houses 700 spaces.

The area has been secured to enable the Tower to be dismantled and removed today.

The Fort Tower stood at approximately 150ft and has been a visual reference point for the out of city shopping park since opening in 1996. It is the first time it has ever suffered any structural damage.

We will be sure to update everyone through our social media channels.

– The Fort Shopping Centre

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Shop front ripped off in powerful Storm Barney gales

A shop front has been entirely ripped off in Nottingham city centre during strong gales brought by Storm Barney last night.

The hoardings came down on Carrington Street, hitting a bus stop.

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Delays of up to 80 mins on M6 in Storm Barney clear up

Live camera shot of the M6 at Junction 6 Credit:

There are delays of up to 80 minutes on the Southbound M6 and 60 minutes on the Northbound carriageways at Junction 6 Spaghetti Junction, as the clear up operation continues after Storm Barney.

There were gusts of up to 62mph last night which brought lamp posts down on the motorway.


Fallen trees completely block off rural roads after storm

Icknield Street, Weatheroak Hill, Worcestershire is completely impassable Credit: ITV News Central/Liz Hannam

Fallen trees on rural roads across the region are causing travel disruption for commuters this morning after Storm Barney.

This shot of Icknield Street on Weatheroak Hill in Worcestershire is typical of scenes all over the West Midlands after gusts of up to 62mph caused damage and disruption.

More than 2,500 properties are without electricity after power lines were brought down, and there are long delays on the M6 after lamp posts were blown over.

Fort Shopping Centre as it looked before Storm Barney

The tower at the Fort Shopping Centre in Castle Bromwich in Birmingham before the storm Credit: Google Street View

The Fort Shopping Centre in Birmingham is due to make an announcement later after a tower at the retail park toppled over during Storm Barney last night.

The sign crashed down into the empty car park during the heavy gales last night. Credit: Twitter: @andrew_buck

The highest gusts in the region were recorded at 62mph. No one was hurt when the structure came crashing down shortly after 9pm last night.

There is no word yet from the retail park on whether it will be open today.

Live power cut map shows 2,500 without electricity

The number of incidents across the Western Power Distribution Network in the West Midlands Credit: Western Power Distribution

More than 2,500 properties across the West Midlands are without power after Storm Barney.

Power lines have been brought down across the region, with Shropshire being worst affected.1,400 properties and homes are currently cut off from electricity across the county.

Live traffic cameras show major delays on M6

The view from Junction 6 with queuing traffic this morning. Credit:

There are major delays at Junction 6 of the M6 this morning after Storm Barney.

Delays are currently between an hour and 45 minutes. Credit:

Two lanes are closed in both directions after over running roadworks, and emergency repairs.

The scene this morning as dawn breaks. Credit:
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