Strong winds cause disruption to travel in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Roof blown off by Storm Pia Sheffield
The roof of flats on Haslam Crescent in Sheffield was damaged. Credit: Sheffield Council

Strong winds have damaged homes and are causing heavy disruption to roads, railways and air travel after Yorkshire and Lincolnshire were hit by Storm Pia.

A Met Office yellow weather warning is in place across the region on Thursday due to the heavy winds.

In Sheffield the roof of flats on Haslam Crescent was partially dislodged.

A council spokesperson said: "Residents are staying inside whilst inspections take place. Please avoid the area due to current risk from flying debris."


In East Yorkshire, the Humber Bridge was closed in both directions to high sided vehicles and a speed restriction of 30 mph. The footpath was also closed due to the wind.

Woodhead Pass and the M1 at Junction 32 for Tinsley Viaduct and Meadowhall was also closed to high sided vehicles.

There were reports of slow traffic due to a fallen tree on Pool Road in Otley in the direction of Moor Drive.

In Derbyshire there was heavy traffic due to a fallen tree on the B5056 in both directions from the A6 at Rowlsey to Alport Lane Youlgrave.

The wind caused a street column and a tree to come down on Priory Court in Gomersal.

A street column and a tree came down on Priory Court. Credit: Kirklees Council

In Lincolnshire, police said Lincoln Road, Wragby, was closed after a tree fell on a car. Nobody was injured.

The A607 between Manthorpe and Belton was also closed after a tree fell on a car. Motorists were advised to avoid the area until the tree was removed.

A spokesperson said: "If you are travelling around the county please take care, being particularly aware of side winds, watch your speed, and leave extra room between your vehicle and others on the road."

A tree came down on Manthorpe Road in Lincolnshire. Credit: RSM Photography


Trains on the Airedale line between Leeds and Skipton were delayed or cancelled due to overhead lines coming down at Saltaire.

Services to and from Bradford Forster Square were also affected with delays of up to 60 minutes or revised due to a fallen tree being caught in the overhead wires in the Shipley area.

Northern said trains were running at a reduced speed due to the severe weather. Services may be delayed by up to 45 minutes as a result.

Some bus services may also be affected by the weather, with some journeys taking longer.

The Met Office warned that some homes and businesses may experience short term loss of power.

Air travel

Leeds Bradford Airport was open as usual but there was disruption to flights.

Some passengers were being diverted to other airports. Others were being given hotel accommodation while their flights were rescheduled.

An airport spokesperson said: "Passengers should check with their airline or tour operator for the status of their flights."

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