There are major delays on trains because of overhead power-line problems. This is affecting East Coast trains heading north of Morpeth and Cross Country trains in the Berwick area.
The tees Transporter Bridge is remaining closed due to the severe winds.
The bad weather has caused problems this morning. The Redheugh Bridge is still closed to high sided vehicles.
The Redheugh Bridge is now closed travelling from Gateshead to Newcastle. This is likely to put pressure onto other routes including the Tyne Bridge.
A fallen tree has blocked the A1 heading north, just south of Berwick. The A1 is now also closed going south, just north of Alnwick, because of an overturned lorry.
The Redheugh Bridge is closed to high sided vehicles in both directions.
We’re sorry about the power cut affecting a large number of customers in the #DL15 area. Engineers are en route to investigate.
Outbreaks of rain will persist across the region overnight, lighter and more patchy in the east, but heavy at times across the hills by morning.
Gales or severe gales developing overnight with some structural damage and disruption to travel possible.
Minimum Temperature 7°C.
One of the main routes across the River Tyne in Newcastle, Redheugh Bridge, may be closed by high winds from the early hours of tomorrow morning, January 29.
The Met Office has issued a strong overnight wind warning, as Storm Gertrude sweeps across the country.
Early reports suggest that the Redheugh Bridge may be closed from 3am to midday, possibly to high-sided vehicles only.
But if the winds are very strong, the bridge could be closed to all users.
Northumbria Police say a decision will be taken overnight on whether the closure is necessary for safety reasons.
Businesses in York could benefit from a share of a proposed 5 million pound fund set up to help those affected by recent flooding.
It's to help small and medium sized companies reopen and safeguard jobs for local people.
An initial £1.4m will be made available with the full £5m awaiting final approval by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Board at their meeting on 4 February.
The Business Flood Recovery Fund is expected to be in place by next week with grants of between £5,000 and £100,000 available. The fund could support businesses with investments like new equipment or hire costs for machinery. It could also go towards implementing internal flood resilience measures. Each application will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Cllr Chris Steward, Leader of City of York Council, said:
“This fund will go a long way to helping businesses get back on their feet. It will provide even more support on top of the £70,000 in grants we’ve already paid to businesses here inYork, and is in addition to ensuring many are exempt from paying businesses rates which so far is at the value of over £400,000.
The application form will be available from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) next week and via local authority growth managers across the region.
Businesses are encouraged to get in touch by calling 0113 348 1818 or emailing email@example.com to find out more.