Storm Eleanor: Roads closed, homes evacuated and hundreds left without power

Blow over HGV on the southbound carriage of the M6 at Tebay Credit: ITV Border

Storm Eleanor swept across the Border region last night, closing roads, evacuating homes and leaving hundreds of properties without power.

Cumbria saw the worst of the storm, with gusts of up to 100 mph recorded in the Pennines at Great Dunn Fell and over 90mph at Shap Fell.

In Dumfries and Galloway, winds reached speeds of 77mph at West Freugh and 72mph at Dundrennan, according to the Met Office.

High force gusts brought powers cuts to 188 properties in Carlisle. Electricity North West says the majority of which have been resolved.

Some properties in the north and the south of the county were evacuated through the night as a precautionary measure.

Two properties in the village of Braystones were evacuated as a precaution and a property in Rockcliffe where water has entered the property was also evacuated.

A number of road closures are in place, with high winds still affecting Cumbria and South-West Scotland.

Cumbria Police said there have so far been no reported injuries as a result of the weather, however a HGV was blown over on the southbound carriage of the M6 at Tebay at around 11.30pm on Tuesday.

No other vehicles were involved and the driver was uninjured.

The roads which remain closed are:

  • Allerdale: B5300, Dubmill Point

  • Allerdale: U7166, Oulton nr Village Hall

  • Allerdale: C2052, Skinburness Road, Silloth

  • Allerdale: B5307, Angerton House (West of Kirkbride)

  • Carlisle: Rockcliffe road, Rockcliffe, near River Esk at Boat House

  • Copeland: C4029, Main Street to Foxcroft B&B, Haverigg

  • South Lakeland: A592 Rayrigg Road, Windermere

Motorists are urged to drive with care as winds are likely to remain high for much of today with wet weather also likely in parts of the county through to the evening.

There is also the possibility of debris such as tree branches in the road.