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Weather: Storm Eleanor - warning UPGRADED

Weather warnings surrounding Storm Eleanor have been upgraded for parts of our region.

The Met Office have issued an AMBER 'Be Prepared' warning for strong winds.

The deepening area of low pressure will bring gales and severe gales to northern England and Southern Scotland, clearing eastern England during tomorrow morning.

Gusts of 80mph are possible and could well cause some damage overnight.

TYNE AND WEAR METRO

Replacement taxi services are available between Tynemouth and Monkseaton. There is also a reduced service between St James and Tynemouth due to an obstruction on the line.

POWERCUTS

Hundreds of homes are without power across the North East and North Yorkshire. Powercuts are affecting 220 properties in Sunderland, 130 in Newcastle, 100 in Durham, around 50 in Northumberland and 40 in North Yorkshire. Northern Powergrid says electricity will be restored today.

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Weather: SNOW warning TODAY

Credit: Met Office

Outbreaks of sleet and snow will spread across parts of Southern Scotland and northern England this morning, continuing into the afternoon before clearing east into the North Sea by evening.

Some of this will be heavy and could bring accumulations of 5-10 cm on ground above 200 to 300 metres, with 1-3 cm settling to low levels in places.

Please be aware of some difficult driving conditions and the risk of travel disruption.

Weather Warning: Heavy rain on FRIDAY

Heavy showery rain lingers across England, Wales and Southern Scotland through the early hours of Friday and Friday morning.

Rain is likely to be both persistent and heavy at times.

Also a risk of thunder, most likely over parts of England and Wales.

Credit: Met Office

This rain will tend to ease through the day, probably becoming confined to eastern UK by the end of the day.

The public should be aware of a significant risk of localised disruption due to surface water flooding. Lightning may be an additional hazard.

Met Office issue weather warning for ice

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ice in the North East of England. That means drivers, particularly, should be wary on the roads, especially on high ground.

Ice is likely to form on untreated surfaces... The public should be aware that icy surfaces are possible, especially on side roads and pavements, and should take care.

– The Met Office

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WEATHER: Heavy showers expected

Weather warning from Met Office for Friday

Heavy, slow-moving and possibly thundery showers are likely today.

The public should be aware of the risk of localised flooding.

Weather warning from Met Office for SUNDAY

There is the potential for severe weather over much of the UK during Sunday as a depression tracks over, or close to, the UK.

There continues to be a great deal of uncertainty in the forecast but the public should be aware of the risk of flooding due to heavy rain as well as very strong winds and large waves, particularly on the southern side of the depression.

Given the unseasonable nature of the weather this could be sufficient to disrupt transport and make outdoor activities dangerous.

Weather: Heavy showers TODAY

Weather warning:

Heavy, slow moving and possibly thundery showers are likely today between 10am and 8pm.

They will bring the risk of localised flooding.

Weather: Heavy showers TODAY Credit: Met Office

A warm, unstable airmass will affect the area leading to heavy, slow moving showers and a risk of hail and thunderstorms.

Rainfall of 20-30mm are likely locally, but could exceed 50mm .

– Met Office
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