After news stories telling the North East to brace themselves for Storm Ciara, it hit Northumberland today, plunging many into a power cut.
ITV News warned on Friday that there was the “potential of high winds, flooding in coastal areas and bridge and road closures”. They issued a yellow weather warning for wind this weekend, and said that it would impact the whole of the UK. Winds were stated to be expecting to reach up to 80 miles an hour.
The impact of this storm is now hitting. Airlines have been forced to cancel dozens of domestic and international flights, according to the BBC. Travelling on trains has also been disrupted, and rail firms are urging people not to travel unless it is absolutely necessary.
In the North East specifically, hundreds of homes have been hit by a power cut. In Durham and South Shields engineers are working on resolving this problem. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service tweeted that if Storm Cara is heading your way, then it “might be best to stay indoors and off the roads”.
Parts of Northumberland are still expected to be affected by the storm. Advice from the Environment Agency is that the most at risk areas are “riverside footpaths, low lying land and roads”.
The heavy rainfall will continue into Sunday night, so stay safe in the city.
Last modified: 10th February 2020