Storm force winds batter Yorkshire

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Yorkshire is this morning facing the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo, with strong winds and heavy rain across the county.

Gusts of up to 75 miles per hour in coastal areas and 65 miles per hour inland was expected to tear across much of the country bringing disruption to many areas, particularly to travel.

Sean Penston, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, said last night there were strengthening winds and rain in the middle of last night as the storm came in from the Atlantic.

He said it would reach north-western parts of Britain late in the evening, with gusts up to 45 miles per hour over north-western parts of Scotland by midnight, but these would increase to gusts up to 75 miles per hour during the night.

He said: “The area of rainy, windy weather will then move eastwards, varying in intensity across the UK, with the strongest gusts on the coasts. We can expect gusts up to 65 miles per hour in the north west this morning, and up to 50 miles per hour in central and eastern parts of England in the afternoon.”

It will remain windy this evening, but winds will gradually die down as the weather system passes.

The Met Office has issued a low level “yellow” weather warning.

A spokesman said: “The strongest winds are expected on Tuesday as the low pressure clears eastwards. There remains the potential for localised disruption to travel, especially as the strongest winds will coincide with rush hour in places.

“Fallen leaves impeding drainage increases the risk of surface water affecting roads, while some damage to trees is possible, given that many are still in full leaf.”

Hurricane Gonzalo last week caused widespread damage and a power blackout when it hit Bermuda.

The Bermuda weather service had warned residents not to go outside when the storm’s calm eye moved in, but some ventured out anyway to do quick damage assessments, noting that porches were destroyed and power lines were downed.

Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll has arrived at the tiny British territory to assist in the relief effort if required.

The vessel is equipped with a helicopter and a number of small boats to help with reconnaissance and transport, and is also able to assist with power generation, communication and water supplies, the Ministry of Defence said.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “Royal Navy personnel are trained to respond to situations such as this and HMS Argyll is well resourced and ready to provide assistance to the people of Bermuda.”

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