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Published On: Tue, Aug 8th, 2017

Winds close Forth Road Bridge, cut power to homes – BBC News

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The Forth Road Bridge is closed after a lorry blew over and thousands of homes in northern England lost power as gale force winds swept across the UK.

Met Office yellow weather warnings are in place for wind and snow across much of Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England throughout Wednesday.

About 2,300 homes lost power across Durham, Sunderland, Gateshead and Northumberland because of the winds.

In Newcastle City Centre, Newgate Street closed due to wind damage.

Drivers have been warned to expect travel disruption because of the conditions, with further snow forecast for Thursday.

The lorry on the Forth Road Bridge blew over at about 02:00 GMT, with the road expected to remain closed until after the rush hour.

Sleet, snow, ice, gales

Reporting gusts of up to 77mph on top of Emley Moor, West Yorkshire and on Tiree, in the Inner Hebrides on Wednesday morning, BBC Weather’s Carol Kirkwood said: “Some of us will be seeing some sleet and snow, some icy roads to watch out for, but gales are the story of the day.”

Scotland and Northern Ireland will be worst hit on Wednesday and by evening, the Met Office predicts several centimetres of snow, especially over higher ground.

‘Be aware’ warnings are in place until Friday for Scotland and the North East of England.

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Image caption Northumbria Police warned drivers to be careful after winds brought down trees

Lightning may also accompany the heavier showers, with potential disruption to power supplies.

Wintry showers will spread southwards, affecting Wales, East Anglia and southern England.

Wind gusts of up to 129mph were recorded on Cairngorm in the Scottish Highlands in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, strong winds also closed roads in Cumbria, Durham and Northumbria Police warned drivers to take care as fallen trees blocked roads.

Northern Powergrid, which supplies power to homes in the North East and Yorkshire, said it had 545 customers without power on Wednesday morning.

Around the country

For the latest on the roads visit the BBC’s travel news page and keep up to date with incidents and roadworks on the motorways here.

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‘Check your route’

Rod Dennis, of the RAC, said drivers should be prepared for “tricky driving conditions and significantly extended journey times”.

Ch Supt Andy Edmonston, Police Scotland’s head of road policing offered advice to those driving in potentially hazardous conditions in the coming days.

“If you are travelling, please ensure your vehicle is well prepared before setting off; making sure your windscreens are completely free of snow and ice; ensure your number plate is clear; and your lights are working and clean,” he said.

“Ensure you have sufficient fuel in the vehicle, as well as supplies for yourself and passengers, including food, water, warm clothes and a fully-charged mobile phone. Check your route before you set off, and consider options for an alternative route, if necessary.”

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Winds close Forth Road Bridge, cut power to homes – BBC News