Damage and disruption as Storm Malik brings 93mph winds to North East

Gusts of up to 93mph have been recorded in the North East as Storm Malik causes damage and disruption across the region.

Two people have been taken to hospital after a roof collapsed in Gateshead. One is said to have been trapped, while the other had sustained a head injury.

Northern Powergrid says more than 62,000 were affected, or continue to be affected, by power outages, predominantly in Northumberland and County Durham.

Director, Paul Glendinning, said: "Our engineers continue to do everything possible to assess the scale of the damage and prioritise the repairs required."

Damage to a car Fairles Street, South Shields. Credit: Adrian Jackson/Twitter

Travel has been disrupted, with the Tyne and Wear Metro having suspended its entire system.

A Nexus spokesperson said: "Our engineers need to repair damaged overhead lines and other pieces on damaged infrastructure when it is safe to do so."

A trees has fallen in Osborne Ave in Newcastle and is blocking the carriageway. Credit: North East Traffic Live/Twitter

Meanwhile, LNER has been advising passengers not to travel on the East Coast mainline.

The rail operator says trains are not currently running north of Newcastle because of the conditions.

The passenger ferry between North and South Shields has also cancelled services.

Looking ahead to conditions that are expected over the coming days, some attractions have already announced they won't be able to open.