North Yorkshire Battered by Storm Force Winds
10:35am 13th February 2014
Hundreds of homes in North Yorkshire are still without power this morning after a stormy night.
Northern Powergrid says around 650 homes don't have electricity in North Yorkshire. At the worst point of the storms at 10pm last night around 20,000 homes in Yorkshire and the North East without power.
There have been delays of around half an hour to train services heading north out of York this morning after power cables were blown down in North Yorkshire. Passengers on one East Coast train were stuck for three hours in North Yorkshire after power cables blew down just before the train was due to pull into Darlington.
North Yorkshire Police had double the number of 999 calls they would normally get and 300 more calls on the 101 number.
Selby district and York were the hardest hit areas with no reported incidents in Ryedale overnight.
Emergency calls were made with people saying people had been trapped in the Forrester's Arms in Carlton, fortunately this wasn't the case but 40 roof tiles had blown off the pub.
Firefighters had to abandon their attempts to make the roof safe as the winds were too strong for their ladders.
In Tadcaster, the outside layer of a wall was blown off a block of flats on Roman Close.
Firecrews were called to the B1223 at Ulleskelf to reports of a tree falling on to a car but there was no sign of a car or any injuries.
The roof on Selby train station was damaged as three lead sheets came off, it was at first thought it had come off completely.
In York, Acomb Road was cordoned off twice by police because the Bath Store roof was declared unsafe.
Firefighters also had to deal with dangerous shop signs at Vivienne Westwood's store and at Cafe Nero on Davygate.
In Acomb, fire crews also had to deal with a billboard which had come loose and could have toppled over.
At least 15 trees came down in the city but York Council says it is planning to collect bins as normal today.
If you have any photos or videos of last night's storms e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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