Chaos as storms batter region

Tree - west green
Tree - west green

SEVERE weather battered our region on Tuesday, causing chaos and disruption.

Heavy rainfall and gusts of up to 53mph swept through the area, which damaged numerous trees and some buildings.

In Warter, the B1226 near Westbeck Hill was closed in both directions in the morning, between the Butt Lane junction and the Lairs Lane junction, because of a fallen tree.

In Pocklington, at least four large trees on the field near the Broadmanor estate were brought down and branches were snapped off others, while one tree fell on West Green.

Gale-force winds also tore off roof tiles from houses, including properties on The Balk, Pocklington.

Meanwhile, in Market Weighton, the rain caused minor flooding on Southgate but houses on the road were not believed to have been affected.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning for spells of wet and very windy weather.

Speaking on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Met Office said: “It will be very windy with gales, with severe gales over the hills. Wind speeds of 20mph and gusts of up to 53mph.”

Elsewhere in the region, the A64 north of Staxton in North Yorkshire had to be shut southbound from the B1261 and A1039 after a lorry overturned.

Due to the storms, the Highways Agency asked road users to check media travel and weather bulletins before setting out.

Treacherous weather conditions also affected rail travel with gusts over 100mph hitting some areas covered by East Coast Main Line, in particular those travelling within Scotland and on cross-border services.

Passengers travelling north of Newcastle were advised not to travel on Tuesday.