Cumbria braces itself ahead of weather chaos
Strong winds caused disruption around Cumbria this morning as the county gears up for a period of unsettled weather, including thundersnow.
In Whitehaven 771 homes were left without power at about 5.50am after winds caused a fault on an overhead line.
By 1.30pm, 107 had been restored but 664 customers were still without power.
Electricity North West tweeted: "We have a high voltage fault affecting 771 customers in #CA28 #WHITEHAVEN. Engineers are on site working to restore supplies by 2pm."
Moresby Primary School is among those without power and was forced to close today.
Firefighters in the town were called out at 10.20am to the coast road where gates and fencing from an industrial site which had been blown partly off and were hanging over the road.
They broke the structure apart and removed it.
It is due to reopen tomorrow unless a further update is made.
There was weather warning for strong wind in force until 11am today.
Gusts of up to 60mph could hit Carlisle, with up to 75mph were predicted on high ground.
The A66 was closed this morning to high sided vehicles due to strong winds between the Kemplay Bank roundabout at Penrith and Scotch Corner.
Highways England said: "Motorists are advised to take extra care when driving today as strong winds are currently being experienced in the north of England."
Snow will then hit parts of Cumbria tomorrow, the Met Office is warning.
Cold air originating over Arctic Canada is bringing snow showers and strong winds.
About 2cm to 5cm of snow could accumulate anywhere within the warning area, with 10cm to 20cm possible on higher ground.
Lightning may accompany the heaviest showers, with potential disruption to power supplies as a consequence.
A snow warning covers all but the eastern edge of Cumbria and lasts for nearly 12 hours tomorrow from 12.05am.
Today the forecaster updating a second warning for Friday which no longer covers the county.