WEATHER - Extreme winds hit Harrogate district

Weather warning for Harrogate. Picture by TC David Minto. (S)
Weather warning for Harrogate. Picture by TC David Minto. (S)
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Windy weather with gusts of up to 49mph has caused disruption across the Harrogate district, with more forecast for the coming hours.

The Met Office has issued a Yellow Warning for Yorkshire and the Humber, as extreme weather continues to batter the district.

The worst of the weather hit last night (Friday), with reports of roads closed, trees down, and fences being blown away coming in from across the county.

One elderly man, a 75-year-old, had to be rescued by firefighters after his HGV overturned on the A1 motorway.

As the weather for today (Saturday) is forecast to bring further wind and potentially snow, emergency services are urging drivers to take care on the district’s roads.

“Lots of reports of trees down in Harrogate, Harewood Road Follifoot Lane and Woodfield Road to name but a few,” said Sgt Paul Cording, of the Harrogate Road Policing Group.

“Please take care if out and about.”

TC David Minto, on duty for the Road Policing Group in Harrogate last night, said: “That was a ‘wild’ shift in more ways than one. Take care, everyone.”

Publishing the above picture on his Twitter account, he said: “When it’s gale force winds and people tell you to slow down and take care, it’s for a reason...”

WHAT HAPPENED WHERE

Yesterday’s high winds peaked at 11pm with gusts of up to 49mph recorded in Dishforth.

Emergency services were called out to incidents across the Harrogate district.

- The A1 was closed this morning betweeen Junction 46 and 49 due to overturned lorries, although the road was expected to reopen by 10am.

- Police reported a large tree down on Berrygate Lane in Sharow, with the road closed.

- Boroughbridge Road was closed between Boroughbridge and Knaresborough due to a large fallen tree blocking the road.

- There were reports of power out in Spofforth, Huby, North Rigton and parts of Harrogate last night including Pannal, Kirkby Overblow.

- North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service were called out to incidents across the district:

- 18:48 North Street, Ripon, dangerous structure, attended by Ripon Crew

- 19:31 Dene Park, Harrogate, dangerous structure, attended by Harrogate Crew

- 19:53 Woodfield Road, Harrogate, dangerous structure, attended by Harrogate Crew

- 20:50 A1 NBC, Junc 49, Baldersby, one male rescued from HGV that had blown over in the wind, crews from Ripon and Boroughbridge attended and released the male by removing the cab window, the 75 year old male was taken to hospital with injuries believed to be minor.

- 21:22 Knox Avenue, Harrogate, dangerous structure, attended by Harrogate Crew

- 22:10 A1 Junc 47 Allerton Park, HGV blown over, no persons trapped or injured, crews from Harrogate, Knaresborough and Thirsk along with a Heavy Rescue unit from Tadcaster attended

- 22:18 A1 Junc 49, Dishforth. HGV blown over, no persons trapped or injured, crews from Harrogate, Knaresborough and Thirsk attended

- 23:01 A1 SBC Junc 48 Boroughbridge, HGV blown over in wind one male rescue by Fire crews from Harrogate, Boroughbridge and Ripon.

- 23:24 Minskip Road, Staveley, Tree fallen on electricity wires, crews from Knaresborough made scene safe until arrival of the electricity board

- 00:22 Leeming Bar, HGV with sides and roof blowing off, crews from Bedale secured vehicle and led to safety off the motorway

WEATHER FORECAST

The weather forecast for the Harrogate district today predicts light showers from noon, easing up into the evening and clearing for a short time around 7pm.

Temperatures are set to be around 3C for most of the day, but with wind speeds of up to 26mph expected, will feel more like -3C.

The Met Office forecast for today is: “A band of squally winds and heavy rain will quickly to leave a much colder day with sunny spells and a few wintry showers.

“Feeling cold in the gusty wind with temperatures falling through the day. Maximum Temperature 6 °C.

Tonight - “Staying cold and windy overnight with further showers of hail, sleet or snow, the snow particularly over the hills. Some ice forming on untreated roads and pavements. Minimum Temperature -1 °C.

And for Sunday - “A cold and sunny start with a few wintry showers still around. More general cloud and rain, preceded by a short period of snow, will move in during the day. Maximum Temperature 6 °C.”

Have you been affected by the weather? From blown over trees to downed fences, send your pictures and reports to news@harrogateadvertiser.co.uk or on Faceboook at www.facebook.com/HarrogateAdvertiser.