Severe weather causes disruption

Severe gales and rain is causing serious disruption across the region with many roads blocked due to fallen trees.

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Carlisle Continental Christmas market hit by high winds

The severe winds that destroyed parts of Carlisle's Continental Christmas Market, haven't hampered traders.

This morning the market had been cancelled due to the extreme winds but about 20 of traders have decided to re-open now that the winds have subsided.

Angela Drake from Skipton Jewellery has a stall at the market and told ITV Border what happened this morning:


A5087 closed due to flooding

The A5087, at the junction with road to Leece, GoadBarrow and Dendron is closed due to flooding.

Police are asking motorists to avoid the area and seek alternative routes.

Advice remains for motorists to use caution when driving on the counties road and take extra time if they need to make any journey.

The Environment Agency has more information about all flood alerts in our region.

400-year-old sea wall the biggest west Cumbrian storm casualty

A 400 year-old sea wall is the biggest casualty of the storm in west Cumbria.

The Old Quay is an ancient monument built by the Lowther family. Construction started on it in 1634.

The Harbour Commission say it is too early to tell how much damage has been done as they can't get near the wall.

"It is a real shame that the Old Quay has been damaged. It is too risky to send in engineers at the moment to assess the damage but we are aiming to repair it as best we can. It has been here in Whitehaven for hundreds of years and has really stood the test of time. We've been aware for years that should we get a strong north westerly wind like today the wall could be damaged as it was really slammed last in last December's storm. The commission have shut off access to the west pier to members of the public amid safety concerns. They intend to reopen it when the winds die down."

– Celia MacKenzie, Harbour Commissioner


Windermere lake wardens brave wild weather to secure boats

Lake wardens on Windermere have braved the wild weather to secure boats that had blown away from the shore.

Windermere rangers have braved the dangerous conditions to secure boats Credit: ITV News

The unpredictable weather caused power cuts across our regions and other major travel disruptions.

The extreme wind blew boats away from the shore this morning Credit: ITV News

The Environment Agency is now warning about the risk of flooding in coastal areas.

Extreme weather continues to batter Whitehaven harbour

Powerful waves are continuing to damage Whitehaven harbour.

The extreme weather that has been affecting our entire region over the course of the day is still causing problems for coastal towns.

Today's high tide was at 12pm today.

There are still several flood warning across Cumbria and the south of Scotland.

More damage to Whitehaven harbour Credit: ITV News
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