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Pictures: 100 vehicles trapped in snow

The rescue operation Credit: BSARU

Heavy snowfall over Carter Bar on Wednesday night left 100 cars stranded in drifts on both sides of the border. Border Search and Rescue Unit were called out along with neighbouring Tweed Valley and teams from Northumberland to work with police in rescuing people.

In an operation lasting until the early hours, cars and lorries were towed back to clear road and to continue their journey from the border crossing on the A68.

100 vehicles were stuck Credit: BSARU

"The specialist vehicles we use for mountain rescue are perfect for this type of thing"

"The wild winter of 2010 saw us kept very busy with evacuating medical emergencies, snow clearance and various other weather-related operations,and we were delighted to be able to wade in again this time."

– BSARU's Damon Rodwell
100 vehicles trapped in snow Credit: BSARU


Today's weather in the Border region

Our weather bomb didn't go off quite as badly as further north in Scotland but that's not to say it's not been horrendous weather all day for many of us.

We've had everything from storm force winds to heavy showers and this evening some snow.

Transport in the region has seen cancellations and delays on trains, buses and ferries.

Our reporter Matthew Taylor tells us more:

Yellow weather warning: Snow and ice for Friday

The Met Office have issued a yellow warning of snow and ice for Friday.

There may be heavy snow of 2-5 cm at low levels in the region. On the peaks there could be between 10 -20 cms.

A weather system will bring rain to many areas which could turn to snow before it moves over to the North East of the country.

There is also a widespread risk of ice on unsalted surfaces. Motorists are advised that this is likely to be the case during rush hour.

The warning is valid from 12.10am on Friday to 10am.

'Upside-down waterfall' in Cumbria

Fierce winds in the Lake District have forced the flow of a waterfall upwards.

The scene at Stainmore, near Kirkby Stephen, is one of the prettier as the Atlantic 'storm bomb' batters the north west of England.

The severe weather has caused flood alerts and some disruption to transport.


Hundreds of homes lose power in Cumbria

Engineers are currently working to restore power to 111 homes in the Penrith area after a tree fell on an power cable.

Electricity North West could not confirm when it would be restored but engineers are currently working on the problem which has affected homes since 10.12am.

17 homes in the Longtown area have also been affected by a tree falling are still without power.

More than 100 properties in a number of areas were hit by a blackout last night. But this morning all but the 17 in Longtown had their electricity supplies reconnected.

Engineers worked on faults in Lazonby, Brampton and Longtown throughout yesterday evening.

Stena Line statement following ferry cancellations

Following ferry cancellations with Stena Line this morning, they have issued this statement:

"During a scheduled docking procedure at Loch Ryan Port (Cairnryan) early (06.00) on Tue Dec 9 Stena Line’s Superfast VII vessel made contact with the fenders which has resulted in the ship remaining moored at the port while a full inspection is carried out. There were no injuries to customers or staff and all car and freight traffic disembarked safely from the ship as normal.

"All relevant port and marine authorities have been contacted as part of Stena Line’s standard operating procedures.

"As a result of the ongoing inspection of the ship and port facility, today’s Stena Line sailings 07.30, 11.30, 15.30, 19.30 and 23.30 from Belfast and Cairnryan have been cancelled with passengers being transferred to alternative sailings. All affected customers have been contacted and Stena Line would like to apologise to all customers who have been inconvenienced by the incident. More information will be released later in relation to Stena Line’s future sailing schedule once a full inspection at the port has been completed."

– Stena Line spokesperson

Flood alerts and travel disruption for Border region

The environment agency have issued flood warnings as the county braces itself for stormy weather:

  • River Eden and its tributaries from its confluence with the River Irthing through Crosby-on-Eden and Carlisle to the Solway Firth at Rockcliffe
  • Coast from Silloth to St Bees

Speed restrictions have been put in place on trains and a flood alert has been issued for parts of Cumbria.

People could face delays of about 20 minutes this morning as trains travelling along the Barrow-Carlisle coast line are restricted to 50mph due to high winds, these are expected to last until tomorrow. A yellow warning of wind is still in place.

The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for areas around the River Eden and River Irthing. Crosby-on-Eden and Carlisle to the Solway Firth at Rockcliffe could be affected.

The A66 is now open in both directions to all vehicles from Penrith to Scotch Corner in Durham. Yesterday high-sided vehicles were restricted from the route. Police say there is a chance the restriction could be put in place again over the next couple of days.

Potentially severe gales are also forecast to develop tomorrow night and last much of Friday. They may be accompanied by a band of heavy rain, with snow on northern hills.

There is again the possibility of some disruption to traffic and power supplies.

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