Storm Arwen: 100mph winds cause serious damage across region

Wind speeds close to 100mph were recorded on Friday night as Storm Arwen battered north east England.

While the red weather warning expired in the early hours of Saturday morning (27 November), the Met Office says amber and yellow warnings for wind remain in place, with the expectation of "some very strong gusts" in many areas.

At Crimdon Dene Caravan park in County Durham, a number of static holiday homes were completely destroyed as high winds ripped through the coastal spot.

Owners were left picking up the pieces after a terrifying night. People were asked to evacuate the park as a safety precaution as staff assessed the damage done.

Norton High Street on Teesside was impassable Credit: ITV News

Wind speeds hit 98mph at Brizlee Wood near Alnwick in Northumberland.

Northern Powergrid said the severe gales had caused power cuts for more than 55,000 customers, mainly in the Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne and Wear areas.

Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service said they received an unprecedented number of calls overnight with more than 100 in just five hours.

Major roads including the A66 have been closed while train and Metro services were also suspended due to debris on the lines.

A huge tree is downed in John Dobson Street in Newcastle city centre Credit: Newcastle City Council

There was also damage to homes as bricks and tiles were blown off houses.

The region's police forces are warning those who must travel to allow extra time for journeys and be prepared for the conditions.

Fallen masonry on a car in Roker, Sunderland Credit: ITV News