Fallen trees and flash floods are causing disruption on north Northumberland’s roads as the region is battered by gales today.
A large tree has blocked Fisher Lane, off Denwick Lane, Alnwick. The lane leads to the back of Alnwick Infirmary and allows pedestrian access to Allerbun Lea and Springfield Park.
Drivers had to take care on the A1 southbound when high winds brought down a tree near the Causey Park turn-off.
A fallen tree blocked the South End junction of South Waterside in Kielder this morning.
Northumberland County Council’s mobile library was off the road in north Northumberland due to the adverse weather conditions.
Electricity was reported to be off in the south area of Alnwick, including Defra’s Lion House.
Train travel was also disrupted, with East Coast Mainline services delayed or halted.
Services between Newcastle and Edinburgh are currently (1.30pm) suspended, while journeys between Newcastle and King’s Cross are affected.
Communities along the Northumberland coast are being warned to prepare for the risk of coastal flooding this afternoon.
The Environment Agency and Met Office are forecasting that the high winds and resulting large waves will combine with spring tides to produce a tidal surge later today and tomorrow.
This brings a risk of significant coastal flooding.