Fallen trees causing problems for motorists

STRONG winds have brought trees down across Cumbria, causing problems for motorists this morning. The A6 is both ways this after a tree fell at Hanson Quarry. Police have advised that the road was fully blocked at 7.30am and they are expecting to put a diversion in place.

There is slow traffic both ways on the A591 due to a fallen tree near Town Head Farm. This is affecting traffic between Keswick and Grasmere. And the A6, Scotland Road is partially blocked both ways due to a fallen tree at Carnforth Truck Haven.

Traffic is coping well. The B5289 is partially blocked due to a fallen tree near Ashness Bridge. Traffic is coping well.

There is a Met Office yellow weather warning for wind in place across the county until 3pm today (Thursday). The Met Office has warned that Storm Hector could bring winds of up to 60mph to Cumbria. And Cumbria’s coastline has been put on flood alert.

The Environment Agency issued flood alerts yesterday evening to cover today’s high tide, due around lunchtime. Where are the alerts and for what time? Between Millom and St Bees Head, the high tide is forecast for 12.30pm with tides due to be at their highest two hours either side of that time.

Braystones is the location most likely to be affected. Between Silloth and St Bees, the high tide is forecast for 1pm with tides due to be at their highest two hours either side of that time. Maryport is the location most likely to be affected.

Between Gretna and Silloth, the high tide is forecast for 1pm with tides due to be at their highest two hours either side of that. Port Carlisle is the location in the north of the county where the agency says will “likely be affected”. North Morecambe Bay also has a flood alert in place, covering the high tide expected at 12.20pm with Canal Foot and Sandside that could be affected.

The flood alerts state: “Tidal spray and onshore flooding may occur to roads and some propertiesalong the coast may be affected.

“People are warned to stay away from the coast.”

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