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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Pool shut and homes blacked out as storms strike

COPELAND Pool in Whitehaven was closed on Thursday because of storm damage.

NO WAY THROUGH: The winds last night blocked the road B5294 between Frizington and Whitehaven (near Rheda Park) causing drivers to bypass through Cleator Moor.

Copeland Council took the decision to close on safety grounds.

Fallen trees blocked Church Street, Whitehaven. A fallen tree also temporarily blocked Inkerman Terrace, but the road reopened at 2am.

At the peak of the bad weather, Electricity Northwest confirmed it had 2,500 customers without power across Cumbria, most in the west of the county.

On Thursday, more than 1,200 homes across Cumbria – mainly along the west coast – were without electricity at 5am.

One of the worst affected areas was Monkwray area of Whitehaven.

Cumbria police dealt with more than 60 weather-related incidents as the county was battered by strong winds on Wednesday night.

Strong winds ripped part of the roof off a former motel, blocking a main road in West Cumbria. The A595 was closed in both directions near the old Moota Motel, between Cockermouth and Bothel, after a large section of the roof was blown off and onto the road. It has since reopened.

The roof is believed to have damaged a number of parked cars but no-one was injured.

Two vehicles were subsequently involved in a collision at the scene, but there was no damage.

In Barncroft Avenue, Seaton, the board and felt roof was blown off a house. The entire roof landed across the road, over the pavement and a front garden wall. No one was injured.

Strong winds – gusts of up to 84mph were reported at Great Dun Fell – caused havoc on the M6, and Cumbria police imposed a blanket 50mph speed limit between junction 35 and junction 40.

Fallen trees are today (Thursday) still blocking Church Street and Whitehaven Road, both Frizington, and the A6 at Shap.

The top end of Waberthwaite was also affected by power cuts.


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