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 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.
All trains running through the North East have to travel at fifty miles per hour, adding more than an hour onto many journeys - and some services have been cancelled completely.
Police are warning the public to take extra care in today's high winds.
They say pedestrians should watch out for debris blown into their paths.