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Gale force winds bringing chaos to the district
Updated 8:24pm Wednesday 12th February 2014 in News
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- Rail services suspended at Forster Square due to overhead line damage.
- Trains running again between Ilkley and Leeds.
- Street and traffic lights are out in Whitehall Road, Birkenshaw.
- Power cuts affecting Baildon and Windhill.
- Flights to and from Leeds Bradford Airport are being cancelled or diverted.
- Police have sealed off an area around a Bradford hotel this evening because a large sign has come loose in high winds.
- The M62 has been closed in both directions to high sided vehicles.
- There are reports of trees down around the district.
- Reports of power lines down.
- Amber warning issued
Train services suspended at Forster Square due to overhead line damage.
Scotland Lane and Dean Lane now fully open.
Trains are running again between Ilkley and Leeds following overhead line problems.
The train line between Leeds and Guiseley has re-opened following overhead line problems.
Gusts of up to 64mph have been recorded by the Met Office at their Bingley weather station
RT @WYP_RPU: Horrendous weather conditions already coming in from the West. No unnecessary journeys tonight please. Get home get safe and s…— @Loobydooby24 12 February 2014
This picture by Rachael Delaney was taken outside the Bradford and Bingley building next to the old baths and entrance to Myrtle Park
Street lights and traffic lights are out on Whitehall Road, Birkenshaw.
The fallen tree at Drub Lane, Cleckheaton, fell onto power lines. Police are at the scene waiting for Yorkshire Electricity Board to isolate the electricity supply.
The power line that came down near the Stansfield Arms hit a car. A fire service spokesman said the person in the car was not injured.
Power cuts are affecting Baildon and the Windhill area of Shipley. Northern Powergrid said engineers are on their way to fix the problem.
Flights to and from Leeds Bradford Airport have been cancelled, with at least one diverted to Heathrow.
Scotland Lane, near Leeds Bradford Airport, is closed from Scotland Way to Whitehouse Lane because of a fallen tree.
The 6.27pm Bradford Forster Square to Leeds train service is cancelled due to overhead line problems.
@RachaelADelaney: @itvcalendar @BBCLookNorth @Bradford_TandA yep this is the photo close up. Not good! http://t.co/gC4cBAsxE4— @RachaelADelaney 12 February 2014
Turneresque weather in Bradford. My bus diverted for fear of bits of buildings coming down with the wind. http://t.co/k404mnSLsd— @brian_liddy 12 February 2014
Strong winds have brought down some power lines near The Stansfield Arms pub in Apperley Bridge.
Also, trains between Leeds and Ilkley have been cancelled until further notice due to strong winds affecting overhead lines.
Let us know if you have been affected by power cuts.
Weather definitely worse here in Bradford in last few hours. Rain & wind gusting hard already! Sounds like going to be worse later! #UKStorm— @SerendipitySays 12 February 2014
Police out by St Georges Hall in Bradford closing off parts of road, wind already causing damage to next door Great Victoria Hotel. #UKStorm— @SerendipitySays 12 February 2014
Bradford wind is crazy omg 😱— @Zayns_geek 12 February 2014
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An overturned lorry on M62 Scammoden water between Junction 22-23 Westbound
The sign outside the Victoria Hotel
Police have sealed off an area around a Bradford hotel this evening because a large sign has come loose in high winds.
Officers believe the sign on the side of the Great Victoria Hotel could fall down at any time and have been warning pedestrians and motorists away from the scene at the corner of Bridge Street and Drake Street.
A police spokesman said some lead flashing on the roof of the hotel had also come loose. He added that the fire brigade had been called to secure the sign.
The M62 has been closed in both directions between junctions 22 (Rishworth Moor) and 24 (Ainley Top) to high-sided vehicles as the predicted high winds begin to have an impact.
Two lanes were closed initially, between junctions 22 and 23 (Huddersfield) after a lorry overturned on the westbound carriageway.
Police said the Highways Agency took the decision to close the motorway to high-sided vehicles between junctions 22 and 24.
Forecasters had earlier warned that high winds are expected to cause disruption across the Bradford district today.
The Met Office has forecast that Yorkshire is due to experience strengthening winds into this evening.
The worst impact is expected to be from around 6pm today.
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An Amber warning has been issued, which means there could be possible disruption including travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and potential risk to life and property.
Conditions are expected to become very windy into tonight with severe gales or storms, wintry showers on hills and bitterly cold temperatures.
In windy conditions, the emergency services typically sees an increase in calls.
This is often due to loose items, such as trampolines and garden furniture, causing problems.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The public can do their bit to keep everyone safe by ensuring these items are stowed away or properly tied down in high winds.
“We have had incidents in the past where trampolines have been blocking roadways and it can cause traffic havoc.
“In high winds also please take that extra bit of care when driving and consider whether your journey really is essential.”
The fire service said amber warnings meant people needed to be prepared to change their plans and take steps to protect themselves, their family and community from the impacts of severe weather.
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