Police warn of debris in roads as yellow warning for high winds covers Peterborough

Police have warned motorists of debris on roads after high winds overnight as the Met Office issued a yellow warning for further strong winds today (March 11).

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 7:41 am
Teams worked overnight to reopen Dowgate Road near Leverington after a tree brought down power cables. Pic: Cambs Police

Across the region there have been reports of debris in the road with a fallen tree taking down power cables forcing the closure of a road in Leverington, Cambridgeshire.

There were also reports of a fallen tree covering part of the A605 near Whittlesey and Police also warned of branches and debris on roads with some damage to road signs.

Cambridgeshire police said on social media: “It has been a bit windy during the night, there has been some debris seen laying on roads from trees.

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Teams worked overnight to reopen Dowgate Road near Leverington after a tree brought down power cables. Pic: Cambs Police

“There have also been some reports of fallen trees. Please drive to the road and weather conditions this morning.

“Stay safe on the roads if you have to use them.”

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind covering the whole country, with wind speeds expected to reach up to 70mph in coastal areas and high ground.

The warning came into force at 9pm on Wednesday evening and is set to last until 3pm on Thursday.

Police have warned thatsome signs have been damaged and there is debris on many roads after high winds.

In Peterborough winds are forecast to gust over 50mph this morning before gradually reducing to around 30mph later this afternoon.

But the unsettled weather is expected to ease over the course of the weekend, with no weather warnings in place for the weekend.

Meteorologist Greg Dewhurst told the PA news agency: “The weekend is set to have an unsettled start but nothing usual for the time of year.”

He added: “We could see some strong winds during the early hours of Saturday morning and lots of heavy showers around particularly in the west.

“But as we go head into Sunday they should become less frequent and not quite as heavy, so it is an unsettled start but as the weekend goes on the winds will start to ease a little bit.”