Clean up begins after stormy North East weekend

Gusts of up to 60 mph were recorded on Sunday - causing traffic delays, severely choppy seas and cancellation of several events

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DFDS says staff handled drifting ferry well

Ropes securing the Princess Seaways to its berth at the Port of Tyne in North Shields snapped in the high winds on Sunday November 29.

Pete Akerman from DFDS told ITV News Tyne Tees the ship underwent a thorough assessment before departing for Amsterdam.

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A lucky escape for West Monkseaton family after tree misses their home by inches

Residents at this house have had a lucky escape Credit: Brendan Quayle

The family living at this home in West Monkseaton had a lucky escape.

A tree, blown over by yesterdays high winds fell just inches from their home.

Today a tree surgeon was on site to remove the fallen tree.

He said he'd had over 30 calls in the last 24 hours after winds of up to 60 mph were recorded in the region.

North East trader say they are 'blown away' by help after windy Sunday at Team Valley Market

Credit: North East Gifts

A trader from the North East Gifts company has thanked market organisers after the Christmas Market had to be cancelled due to extreme winds.

Gusts of up to 60mph caused stalls and fences to blow away - leading to an evacuation of the site yesterday afternoon.

Alan Sawyers from North East Gifts sent us these photos from the aftermath of yesterdays storm.

He said the staff were 'great' and that next year organisers have promised marquees!

He said next year, come rain, snow or unseasonable sunshine "we will be back!"

Credit: North East Gifts
Credit: North East Gifts
Credit: North East Gifts
Credit: North East Gifts

Two people rescued from a capsized dinghy in 60mph winds off South Shields

Tynemouth RNLI rescue a capsized boat near South Shields Pier* Credit: RNLI

Tynemouth RNLI rescued a capsized sailing dinghy with two people on board near to South Shields pier yesterday afternoon in winds of over 60 mph.

Both passengers on the boat had already managed to get out of the water but the boat was drifting between the piers.

The lifeboat crew managed to get a tow rope attached to it and headed back to safety with the boat in tow.

However, as the rescue was underway in the Tyne harbour, another situation was unfolding five miles down the coast at Seaburn where a windsurfer had been reported to have been separated from his board.

The RNLI crew said anyone considering taking to the water should be mindful of the conditions.

Credit: RNLI

DFDS ferry breaks free from moorings during storm - but still sets sail for Amsterdam

Thank you to Stephen Miller who sent us this footage of a DFDS Seaways ferry breaking free from its moorings on the River Tyne in North Shields yesterday afternoon.

At the time winds were gusting up to 60mph.

No one was hurt.

The weather delayed departure of the ferry for Amsterdam.

She managed to leave North Shields just after 3am this morning - original departure was planned for 00:31.

DFDS Seaways sent ITV Tyne Tees this statement:

"I can confirm that, unfortunately, the ropes securing Princess Seaways to the berth at the Port of Tyne in North Shields snapped in the high winds yesterday (November 29).

The ship was then secured in the port where she underwent a thorough assessment in conjunction with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) and the Danish Maritime Authority and received repairs for minor damage.

Princess Seaways was able to operate its service from Newcastle, setting sail at 3:12am this morning (November 30) with an expected arrival time in Amsterdam of 16.00 local time. I would like to apologise to our passengers for any inconvenience caused to their journeys, but we, like many other travel operators, are sometimes beholden to the weather.

Safety is our top priority and I would like to reassure all our customers that Princess Seaways is safe to sail. Our customer services team kept passengers informed throughout and contacted everyone booked onto the service."

– Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS Seaways

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High winds cause problems across the region

A viewer sent us this photograph of a wall collapse in Ushaw Moor Credit: Chrissy Turnbull

Strong winds have been bringing problems across the region. Among the issues reported:

  • North Yorkshire Police called to numerous reports on trees which have blown over
  • Tyne and Wear Fire Service dealing with trees, roofs and a chimney which posed a danger as a result of the weather
  • Northern Powergrid dealing with a number of power cuts, including the NE19 and NE48 postcode areas of Northumberland
  • Delays of up to 45 minutes on Northern Rail services between Newcastle and Carlisle
  • Delays on the Tyne and Wear Metro between Chillingham Road and St James due to obstruction on the line
A fallen tree in North Yorkshire Credit: North Yorkshire Police
A tree blocks a road in rural North Yorkshire Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Winds are now easing, and earlier restrictions on the A19 Tees Viaduct and the A66 have now been lifted.

Another picture of the damage to a gable end in Ushaw Moor Credit: Chrissy Turnbull
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