Gales batter the Borders

Trees, branches and other debris are affecting roads throughout the region.
Trees, branches and other debris are affecting roads throughout the region.

Winds of over 70mph battered the Borders and north Northumberland last night.

The weather station at Letham Shank, near Berwick, recorded a maximum wind speed of 71mph just after 4am.

Scottish Power said around 100 homes are without electricity. Engineers are trying to fix the problems but high winds continue to make it difficult.

A spokesman for Scottish Power said: “We apologise to those customers affected for the inconvenience this has caused.”

Earlston High Shool was also closed due to have no power.

East Coast said trains were running up to 20 minutes late between Berwick and Newcastle and up to 10 minutes late between Durham and Darlington. Rail passengers are advised to check before travelling.

A number of roads in the Borders have been affected by fallen trees and branches and although weather conditions are beginning to ease there is still a lot of debris on roads and Police are urging motorists to be extra careful.

More strong winds are forecast and there is a yellow alert for snow and ice in the Borders betwen 6am on Saturday and 12 noon on Sunday.

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