GALES swept Huddersfield, bringing misery for pedestrians and drivers.

The strong winds – reaching 63mph at Emley – brought driving rain and blew a tree over in Paddock and tiles off the roof of a building in the town centre.

And on the Pennine stretch of the M62 motorists were faced with 40mph speed limits as the winds reached 60mph.

Highways Agency officers brought in the limits on the stretch from Junction 24 at Ainley Top to Junction 21 at Milnrow.

The stretch includes Windy Hill – the highest point of any English motorway – and the Rakewood Viaduct.

In Huddersfield, police cordoned off a footpath in Trinity Street after tiles were blown off the roof of the Iceland store.

One tile hit a car but no-one was hurt.

Kirklees Council engineers were called in to check the safety of the roof.

Elsewhere, a tree was blown over in Paddock, crashing down on a garden wall.

In just 30 minutes, between 4.30pm and 5pm, 12mm, or half an inch of rain, fell on the hills above Huddersfield.

Across other parts of the UK, the major problem was flooding caused by torrential rains.

The Environment Agency had more than 260 flood warnings and alerts – mainly across the south-west, Midlands and west of England.

Hundreds of drivers were trapped on flooded roads and more than 100 homes were evacuated.

The Met Office said some areas saw up to 60mm (5in) of rain falling on already saturated ground, which led to further river and surface water flooding.

Much of the UK faced winds of up to 50-60mph, and even gusts of up to 70mph in exposed western areas, which worsened surface water flooding as drains were blocked by wind-blown leaves and debris.

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