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Report: Serious damage after high winds batter Midlands

High winds gusting at speeds of up to 84 miles an hour have battered the Midlands damaging homes and disrupting road and rail travel.

Shropshire and Staffordshire were the worst affected parts of our region. Our reporter Melissa Wright has been to Meir in Stoke on Trent where tonight a community is clearing up the aftermath.

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RAF Shawbury caught up in 84mph winds

Earlier this afternoon 85mph winds caused disruption in Shropshire. Many roads were closed as a result of trees falling down, including one which in Shawbury close to the RAF base.

Grinshill Animal Rescue Centre damaged in Tornado strength winds

Credit: Grinshill Animal Rescue Centre.

The Grinshill Animal Rescue Centre near Shrewsbury has reported damage to some of its external enclosures which house many of the reception centres dogs.

Credit: Grinshill Animal Rescue Centre

It comes after the MET office issued a yellow weather warning for strong and high winds for much of the West Midlands for the rest of the afternoon.

Tornado causes chaos for homeowners and motorists across the region

Thunderstorms have swept into Birmingham and the West Midlands today - with some residents reporting sightings and property damage by Tornadoes. Severe winds of 94mph hit the west coast and Wales this morning, causing traffic chaos and flattening trees and fences.

Torrential rain and winds of 70mph have been reported in some areas. There were also reports of tornadoes in Leamington Spa and Shropshire and hail storms in Stoke.

Footage from one resident in Meir, Stoke on Trent, shows the extent of the damage to gardens with reports that up to 20 houses have been damaged in one street alone. Meanwhile Ella Knight tweeted this video of the unfolding weather:

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Could we see a sprinkling of snow in the Midlands?

Could we see a sprinkling over snow in the Midlands? Credit: PA

Parts of the Midlands have a weather warning for snow from midday today as a chilly front moves across the region.

The Met Office has issued a yellow alert for snow in Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Nottingham, and Rutland.

The rain is likely to turn to snow in places later today and into Wednesday morning.

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