Gales cause travel delays and power cuts

Strong winds are causing problems for people travelling after Christmas.

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Power cuts and rail delays: Full report

Thousands of people have spent the day dealing with power cuts and train delays as the region was hit by gale-force winds. At one point nearly three thousand homes were without power and the wind was so strong that trains were forced to go at half-speed. Dan Ashby reports.

60 homes still without power

60 homes are still without power this evening but the power has been restored to 2800 customers.

Trimdon Station in County Durham was the worst hit with 1800 homes losing power at just after midday. 500 were quickly restored, the remainder had their power returned by 2pm.

In Hexham 500 customers lost power at 10am, all have now been reconnected.

In Stillington in Sedgefield 400 homes lost power in the early hours of the morning when overhead lines blew down. 60 are still without power and it's expected to be after 7pm before it is restored.

Engineers are standing by but are unable to climb up to fix the lines because of the high winds.

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High winds batter the region

For the rest of Friday it remains very windy with an Amber warning in place until 6pm for the whole of the Northeast Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Few braved the winds on the coast at Seaburn in Sunderland Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
A Yellow warning (originally in place until 9pm) for gusts 50-60mph has been extended until midnight. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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