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Watch: full report on Storm Gertrude

The region has been battered by strong winds today as Storm Gertrude made its way across the UK.

A mother and daughter had a lucky escape after their car was hit by a falling tree, there were also overturned lorries and suspensions to the Shields ferry service and Middlesbrough's transporter bridge.

Drivers across the region are being urged to check the weather before setting out on journeys.

Watch Kris Jepson's full report:

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Lucky escape after tree hits car in Ferryhill

The dramatic scene in Ferryhill on Friday morning. Credit: Durham Police

The occupants of a car escaped without serious injury after the vehicle was struck by a falling tree, which came down in strong winds.

It happened on Chilton Lane in Ferryhill.

The road will remain closed until Friday lunchtime, Durham Police said.

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