'Beast from the East': Updates for Thursday 1st March

Our region is one of the worst areas hit by the Beast from the East with roads badly affected and hundreds of schools closed. There remains an amber weather warning for snow, ice and blizzard like conditions

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Flood Warning Updates for the North East

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With high winds, high tides, the 'Beast from the East' and now Storm Emma there are several flood warnings across the North East.

The Environment Agency for Yorkshire and the North East has warnings in place for:

Tyne Estuary at North Shields, South Shields and Howdon Pans - flooding is expected for: Properties at Fish Market, Bell Street, Dolphin Quay, Union Quay, Clive Street, Duke Street, Liddell Street, Corporation Quay, South Shields Ferry Landing, Wapping Street, Tyne Dock, Albert Edward Dock, Tyne Foyboatmen Association and Howdon Pans.

The Northumberland Coast - flooding possible for The North Sea from Berwick to St Mary's Lighthouse

Hartlepool to Skinningrove - flooding possible for the North Sea coastline including Hartlepool, Seaton Carew, Redcar, Saltburn by the sea and Skinningrove

Tyne and Wear Coast - flooding possible from St Mary's Lighthouse to Crimdon Park

Wear Estuary - flooding possible from Lamb Bridge at Chester-le-street to the North Sea Coast

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Tyne and Wear Metro to run 30-minute frequency services on Yellow and Green Lines across across the weekend

Tyne and Wear Metro services have also been affected by the bad weather Credit: ITV News

Tyne and Wear Metro operator Nexus has said it will be operating a 30-minute frequency service on Yellow and Green lines from March 1st at 7pm through to Sunday.

There will be a 15-minute service where the two lines overlap between Pelaw and South Gosforth.

Their full statement:

“Tyne and Wear Metro will be running a 30-minute frequency on both the Yellow and Green lines from this evening (1 March) at 7pm and throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a train every 15 minutes where the two lines overlap between Pelaw and South Gosforth.

“The severe weather is forecast to stay with us over much of the weekend, and so we are advising against all but essential travel until conditions improve. We have suffered numerous train and points failures caused by prolonged sub-zero temperatures, drifting snow and high winds.

“We would like to thank our passengers for their patience and understanding this week. For updates on Metro and other public transport go to nexus.org.uk or follow My_Metro.”

– Chris Carson, Metro Services Director

Durham Constabulary warning to drivers after 20 collisions on A19 in space of an hour

In the last hour alone, there has been twenty collisions on this (southbound carriageway) stretch of the A19.

We'd like to reiterate our advice that drivers do not make any non-essential journeys. Please do not underestimate how treacherous driving conditions currently are.

If you absolutely must make a journey, please ensure that you take extreme caution, and drive in accordance with the adverse conditions.

– Durham Constabulary Spokesman

Durham Constabulary: List of Road closures as of 14:45

A68 - closed north of Tow Law

A66 - completely closed

A6076 - closed between Causey Arch and Marley Hill

A19 southbound closed at Castle Eden following 11 vehicle collision. Road likely to remain closed for some time

A separate two vehicle collision has occurred on the nearby southbound carriageway

On the northbound carriageway two collisions have resulted in closures at Easington and Castle Eden

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