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Weather: STRONG WINDS to start next week

Very strong winds are forecast to affect northern parts of the UK during Monday and Tuesday.

On Monday southerly winds are most likely to gust between 55 and 65 mph across much of the warning area with the potential for gusts of 80 mph in coastal areas.

MONDAY wind warning

On Tuesday southwesterly winds are most likely to gust between 50 and 60 mph with the potential for gusts of 70 mph across the Central Belt of Scotland and parts of Northeast England.

TUESDAT wind warning


Traffic and Travel: A19 Northbound blocked after crash involving two cars and a lorry

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
  • A19 Crathorne

The A19 Northbound in County Durham is blocked.

There is stationary traffic after a multi-vehicle crash involving two cars and a lorry.

There is debris on the road between A67 at Crathorne and A174 Parkway near Thornaby-on-Tees.

Closed since 7AM on the main Thirsk to Middlesbrough road. There is also a Southbound lane closure.

As a result there is heavy congestion on surrounding roads around Yarm and High Leven.

Ongoing until lunchtime at least.


A19 Northbound closed, stationary traffic due to accident, two cars and a lorry involved between A67 (Crathorne) and A174 / A174 Parkway (Thornaby-on-Tees).Closed since around 07:00 Source:Highways, INRIX Speed Sensors, Caller Brian, Police. Diversion - Follow the hollow triangle symbol via the A67.

  • A184 Gateshead

Slow moving traffic A184 Westbound at A194 Leam Lane / A194(M) on Newcastle road near White Mare Pool Roundabout.

This is due to roadworks in the area.

  • A19 Jarrow

Queueing traffic on A19 Northbound at the Tyne Tunnel.


Weather: Northern Lights last night

There were no alerts that they were on their way, but last night the Northern Lights made an appearance over the North East.

It was a spectacular scene caught by only a lucky few.

Reece managed to get this shot off Blackhall Rocks in County Durham:

Blackhall Rocks Credit: Reece Carney

Anthony managed to capture the picture below just after midnight last night.

It marked the start of a special day for him.

After two years of trying to photograph the Northern lights and always missing out or being too late, I finally managed to get an image on October 12th 2017 which also happens to be my birthday!

– Anthony Blevins
St Mary's Lighthouse Credit: Anthony Blevins

The wiggly white lines are actually from some people who walked by with torches. Thanks to the long-exposure setting on the camera they made some amazing shapes that just add to the affect

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