Beast from the East: Updates for Friday 2 March

Snow brought by the 'Beast from the East' combined with strong winds is causing a third day of school closures and severe travel disruption.

AMBER and YELLOW weather warnings remain active across the region.

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Borders 'snow baby' born amidst the Beast from the East

Muriel Masson and her baby, Aidan Credit: ITV Border

A baby in the Borders has been born on the way to hospital amidst a red weather warning and two feet of snowfall brought by the Beast from the East.

Muriel Masson had planned a home birth from her house in Yarrow Valley in the Scottish Borders, but when baby Aidan decided to come early those plans changed.

Murial had to be picked up by a special Scottish 4x4 ambulance to be taken to Borders General Hospital, but baby Aidan came so quickly she gave birth five miles from her home.


Cumbria Police: Drivers can travel with caution

Credit: Drew Geddes

Drivers in Cumbria are now being advised they can travel on roads in the county with caution.

Back roads and high roads should still be avoided where possible.

The speed restrictions on the M6 have also been lifted, while many roads in the region remain closed.

Police Scotland are still advising motorists in the south of Scotland to think before they travel.

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Snow storm cuts off power to properties in Cumbria

Hundreds of properties in Cumbria are without power after high winds and drifting snow have caused faults to power lines across the county.

Electricity North West say 3,000 properties are without power mainly in Cumbria and the Peak District.

Engineers have restored supplies to 12,000 properties, but there are still around 100 separate faults to be repaired.

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STRONG WINDS: Drivers asked not to drive on A595

Credit: Copeland Police

Drivers are being asked not to travel between Whitbeck and Bootle on the A595 because of strong winds.

Earlier this morning a wagon was blown on its side, on the same road, just south of Bootle. The driver is not believed to be injured.

A yellow warning for wind has been lifted by the Met Office, but wintry conditions are still being brought to the county by the 'Beast of the East' and Storm Emma.

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