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A19 to stay closed until later this evening after tanker fire

The A19 was closed after a tanker caught fire Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A stretch of the A19 near Thirsk is not expected to be open until later this evening after a tanker fire.

The road was closed in both directions between the A684 (Ellerbeck) and the A61 (Thirsk) due the fire on Friday morning.

Drivers are advised to follow the "Hollow Circle" diversion symbols exiting the A19 (southbound) at Northallerton then join the A684 (westbound).

Proceed along the A684 then at the A684/A167 roundabout take the first exit and at the second roundabout join the A167 then join the A168 (South-easterley direction) and continue until you re-join the A19 southbound at the A61/A168 roundabout.

Drivers travelling northbound are advised to follow the "Solid Square" diversion symbols exiting the A19 (northbound) towards Northallerton and proceed to the roundabout with the A61/A168. Take the second exit on to the A168 and head northwest to the A167 until you reach the A684 (northbound). Continue along the A684 until you re-join the A19 northbound.

Storm Barbara: travel disruption expected

Storm Barbara Credit: Met Office

Britain is braced for the arrival of Storm Barbara, with winds of 70mph expected to batter the North East and North Yorkshire.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for many parts of Britain, with Northern England and Scotland expected to bear the brunt of the storm.

Yellow "be aware" wind warnings are in place for our region for Friday afternoon, evening and overnight into Christmas Eve.

Gusts of 60 to 70mph are forecast to cause disruption on the region's roads, railways and airports.

Brent Walker, Met Office deputy chief meteorologist, said:

Storm Barbara is crossing the Atlantic and will pass close to the north-west of the UK during Friday, bringing the potential for some disruption to power supplies and travel, and possibly structural damage.

"The safety of the travelling public is our main concern and services will run where possible, but planning in advance is essential and people should leave plenty of time for journeys and consider the conditions and when they travel."

– Brent Walker, Met Office

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Weather: Storm Barbara hits the north

A spell of very strong winds is moving across the region.

Gusts of 60 to 70 mph are likely quite widely, with westerly winds gusting to 80 - 90 mph likely across parts of northern Scotland later on Friday.

There is potential for some structural damage - this more likely across the northwest of the warning area - as well as disruption to power supplies and travel, with restrictions on bridges and disruption to ferries.

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