West Yorkshire has been issued with a yellow weather warning as Storm Eleanor arrives.
The Met Office issued the warning yesterday for today (Wednesday). Huddersfield has been hit this morning by strong winds as the storm hits .
Motorists are being advised to take extra care on high, exposed roads, particularly high-sided vehicles on the motorways.
There are no major problems to report on the M62 this morning although the motorway is currently closed to high-sided vehicles between junctions 36 and 37 at the Ouse Bridge in East Yorkshire due to the strong gales.
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Wind dying down
The wind seems to be dying down now as Eleanor starts to lose her puff. Here’s a round-up of what went last night and this morning, plus a look at the forecast for the next few days.
Another reminder that Storm Eleanor hates trampolines...
Pam Gill-Dyson took this photo in a field near the cricket pitch in Emley.
The Met Office had earlier recorded gusts of 68mph at Emley Moor.
Emley Moor mast is bent out of shape about this wind
Although something tells us this photo isn’t 100% genuine...
Work underway to restore power to homes
Northern Powergrid say they are working to restore all power after Storm Eleanor has left thousands of homes across the North without electricity.
Homes in the Honley area were affected by the storm this morning, although power is expected to be fully restored by lunchtime.
Rod Gardner, Northern Powergrid’s head of network operations, said: “Whilst Storm Eleanor has peaked, we’re continuing to closely monitor the weather with strong winds forecast for the rest of today. We’re ready to further respond and support our customers should the weather cause any more damage to our network.”
The company is reminding customers that its website, northernpowergrid.com, has an easy-to-use power cut map which customers can use to get real-time updates and find advice about what to do in a power cut. It’s also encouraging customers to bookmark the website and add the 105 to their mobile phone so they are ready if they do have a power cut in the future.
Storm Eleanor so far...
The full report on today’s storm here.
A revisit to this gem...
Today seems like an appropriate day to crack out these videos again.
This was two years ago on Castle Hill as Huddersfield was hit by Storm Jonas and yours truly was sent up to ascertain that yes, indeed it is windy up there. They make you do all kinds of stuff when you’re a young reporter...
Lay bins on side to stop them blowing away
Interesting idea from Bradford Council.
Fallen tree near Colne Bridge
This was on the way down from Upper Heaton.
Gust of 75mph measured at Emley Water Station
WATCH: Live from Emley Moor
Reporter Andrew Robinson is live at Emley Moor where gusts of 68mph were reported earlier this morning.
Watch the live broadcast below or head to our Facebook page once it’s finished.
Residents tie trampoline to telegraph pole
Power cut near Honley
You can view the live map detailing all power cuts here.
Northern Powergrid say this one should be fixed by 1pm.
Trampolines taking the hit just over the Pennines...
We live in a country where the weather is measured by whether or not your neighbour’s trampoline has blown into your garden.
It's all kicking off in town...
Wooden panels have fallen off at the barriers round the back of the old sports centre on Old Leeds Road.
Is this what Armageddon looks like?
"Fasten all doors and windows"
Some word of advice from insurers Swinton Insurance on avoiding damage to your home during heavy gales...
Make sure you close and fasten all doors and windows, no matter how small. High winds can cause serious damage to frames and panels when doors and windows swing open or shut, so ensuring they are secure will help limit damage.
Park your car in a garage to reduce the risk of loose flying objects damaging the vehicle, no one wants to walk out of their front door to find their windscreen smashed. If you don’t have a garage, try to park as far away from large trees as you can to reduce the risk.
Fallen tree in Hipperholme
Halifax Old Road is currently blocked in both directions due to a fallen tree near Watergate, just past the Shibden Park entrance.
Traffic is reportedly coping well. We don’t have a picture, sadly, but here’s a random one of a fallen tree in Paddock last year to give you the general gist.
Speed restrictions put in place on M62
Restrictions of 40mph on the M62 in both directions between Huddersfield and Greater Manchester this morning.
Strong winds on the moors so be extra careful. Particularly if you’re driving a high-sided vehicle.
As mentioned, the motorway is also closed to HGVs in East Yorkshire at the Ouse Bridge between junctions 36 and 37 so you’ll have to follow diversions.
The worst has hit...
...but yellow weather warnings are still io place throughout the morning.
Get those wheelie bins in, folks.
All you need to know ahead of today's storm
BBC weatherman Owain Wyn Evans with the latest on Storm Eleanor...
Winds of nearly 70mph up at Emley Moor!
Pretty impressive! Wrap up warm if you’re heading out this morning...