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Snow arrives in the Midlands!

Heavy snow this evening in Berryhill in Stoke-on-Trent Credit: Eddy Atkinson

Snowfall has been falling in parts of the Midlands this evening, with wintry showers forecast to continue through the weekend.

These are some of the photos you've been tweeting, from Stourport-on-Severn and Great Wyrley in Staffordshire.

Footage shows incredibly high winds striking again

ITV News correspondent Keith Wilkinson has sent shots of incredibly high winds in the Clent Hills in Worcestershire.

They were recorded in the last hour as Storm Barney sweeps in across the Midlands for the second time in the last 24 hours.

It brought widespread disruption overnight, downing power lines delaying trains and cutting off thousands of homes from the national grid.


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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