Travel disruption and more than 100 homes without power in South Cumbria as Storm Dudley hits

ScotRail is running a limited service due to poor weather.

Strong winds battered Cumbria and the South of Scotland overnight as Storm Dudley well and truly arrived in the region.

Stormy conditions left more than 100 homes in Cumbria without power.

Electricity North West has said it has restored the supply to most homes in its area and is working to restore any still without power.

North of the border SP Energy Networks have also been dealing with power cuts in the Scottish Borders and in Dumfries and Galloway but is no longer reporting any issues in our region.

The poor weather also caused travel disruption. ScotRail reported disruption earlier today and strongly advised passengers not to travel. The firm has subsequently announced that all lines had been deemed safe for use but has still advised people to check before trying to travel.

This message was echoed by TransPennine Express which suffered major disruption to services overnight.

The Windermere Ferry also announced that no services are running as winds are too strong to travel.

Meanwhile two flood warnings and seven flood alerts have been issued for Cumbria. In addition, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued a flood alert covering Dumfries and Galloway.

Cumbria flood updates

Where have flood warnings been issued?

A flood warning means you need to act: flooding is expected.

Warnings have been issued for;

People in flood warning areas are advised to turn off gas, water and electricity, move things upstairs or to safety, move family, pets and car to safety and use defences such as flood barriers or air brick covers.

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Where have flood alerts been issued?

A flood alert means you need to prepare: flooding is possible.

Flood alerts have been issued for;

People in flood alert areas are advised to prepare a bag that includes medicines and insurance documents, plan how you'll move family and pets to safety and sign up to flood warnings.

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Storm Dudley has now passed through the region but further disruption is forecast with Storm Eunice set to arrive in Cumbria and the southern Scotland tonight and into Friday morning.

Cumbria County Council are urging drivers to avoid all but essential journeys with poor conditions set to continue.

The highways department are urging the public not to try and clear the roads, as was the case during Storm Arwen in November.

The council is asking us to allow authorities to take charge of the clear-up process instead, as conditions continue to be dangerous.

Meanwhile mountain rescue teams across Cumbria and the south of Scotland are appealing for walkers to avoid the fells, warning that strong winds on lower ground will be even worse higher up.

Crews say staying away over the next few days could prevent a number of avoidable rescue missions.

They're also highlighting the potential danger of falling trees, branches or debris on lower ground.