UPDATE: High winds and heavy rain continue to cause disruption across Cumbria

The Westmorland Gazette: UPDATE: High winds and heavy rain continue to cause disruption across Cumbria UPDATE: High winds and heavy rain continue to cause disruption across Cumbria

OVER 200 homes are still without power after high winds and heavy rain caused havoc across Cumbria last night.

At 10pm yesterday evening (December 17) around 2000 homes across the region were left without power, with engineers working around the clock to get power restored.

Electricity North West has advised there are 240 homes still without power, mostly in the Coniston, Ulverston, Tebay and Workington areas.

A number of roads continue to affected in parts of Cumbria following the weather conditions.

The M6 Southbound remains passible on the hard shoulder and lane one following a one vehicle road traffic collision where a HGV was blown over. The driver was male and was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary with minor injuries. The road will temporarily be closed later today as the recovery of the HGV is completed.

The A6 between Hackthorpe and Shap remains closed following a fallen tree.

Inkerman Terrace in Whitehaven has reopened following the road’s closure after a tree fell into the road.

The A595 at Moota has reopened following its closure after a roof was blown off the former Moota Hotel.

Police dealt with over 60 weather-related incidents last night.

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Visit the Traffic Link map at http://www.cumbria.police.uk/traffic-link-map to keep up to date with the latest situation on the roads.

The Met Office has continued to issue yellow weather warnings for this weekend.

Heavy rain along with strong gale force winds and hail has arrived this afternoon and the bad weather is expected to last throughout the weekend.

Following the previous wet weather, the Met office predicts the persistent rain is likely to lead to some localised flooding.

To keep updated, visit http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/nw/nw_forecast_warnings.html.

UPDATE 17.04pm: South Lakes MP Tim Farron has this afternoon thanked Electricity North West engineers for their work in reconnecting residents after the bad weather last night.

Tim said: “Over the last 12 hours, I know that engineers have worked hard to reconnect residents.  I’d like to thank them for their herculean efforts.”

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