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Good evening from Look North. High winds have caused havoc across
the East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, tonight, as roads were closed,
trains delayed and trees brought down. The Humber Bridge and Ouse
Bridge have been closed to all vehicles, this evening, as high
winds batter the country. Gusts of up to 75 miles an hour have been
recorded in the region. Forecasters say although the peak has passed
they are warning there may still be stormy weather into the early hours.
Our reporter Amanda White joins me now. How bad have things been?
Well, we have now seen the worst of the weather now ` forecasters say
things will begin to die down now. But as the day went on, today, the
winds got up and the damage mounted. The winds have been felt the most on
the coast this afternoon. There were gusts of 75 miles per hour in
Holbeach and 67 miles per hour at Wainfleet near Skegness. Just up the
road, 1500 homes lost power at Burgh le Marsh near Skegness at lunchtime.
They all had power restored within two hours. The rough waters of the
Humber and the North Sea at Bridlington earlier today were just
the start. By tea`time, this ancient tree had collapsed in West Hull,
taking a telephone box and a bay window with it.
I'm completely stunned. I'm stunned! I knew the wind was strong, but I
didn't realise it was that strong. I think it's flattened the telephone
box. Earlier in Grimsby, a woman hurt her
head when these trees landed on a van and a car. This tree also blew
over in Butterwick near Boston. Earlier, winds gusted at 75 miles
per hour in Holbeach and 67 miles per hour at Wainfleet. Tonight, the
high winds had begun to cause major traffic chaos. With both the Ouse
and Humber Bridges closed, commuters were stranded both sides of the
water. Police urged against unnecessary journeys with unexpected
hazards caused by the weather. The Hull to Rotterdam Ferry is still in
its berth, its 8.30PM sailing has been delayed until at least
midnight. Well, the problems do seem to be
easing, now, although the rail companies across the region say they
are still facing disruption ` particularly as trains are being
affected further along the routes. And for motorists on the roads,
police say the gusts could still cause problems. It's not clear yet
how long the problems will carry on, but the advice is don't travel
unless you have to and take extra care on your journeys. And Paul
Hudson will be here in a few minutes with a full weather forecast for the
next twenty four hours. Boston Borough Council says it will
apply for tens of thousands of pounds of government funding to help
pay for recovery work following December's floods. Over 500 homes,
businesses and the Boston Stump were damaged following the tidal surge.
The clear up has already cost the authority tens of thousands of
pounds. One example would be Council tax
discounts and council tax holidays, particularly where people are living
in particularly difficult conditions, and in some cases not
living in their homes. We still have over 150 families that are not
living in the houses that they were prior to the event.
A group of Lincolnshire farmers are raising money for people flooded in
Somerset. The social media based group say they've raised hundreds of
pounds so far. They've also arranged to send straw and food to farmers in
the South West of England. Teenagers from East Yorkshire and
Lincolnshire have joined a protest in London calling for the voting age
to be lowered to sixteen. At the moment, young people in
England have to wait until they are eighteen to take part in elections,
but some MPs, including Scunthorpe's Nic Dakin,want to reduce the age
limit. Here's more from our Political Editor Tim Iredale.
What do we want? Votes! When do we want it? Sixteen!
The teenagers who marched on Parliament, today, have no direct
say on who represents them here. Some, including 16`year`old Thomas
from Hull, believe that should change.
I think young people in East Yorkshire really should be allowed
to vote, because they are currently underrepresented. They don't
understand that they have a say in parliament. Giving them the vote at
16 means that they can influence the country, and realise that politics
really does play a part in everything in their life.
Although under 18s in England can't vote under current rules, 16 and
17`year`olds in Scotland will be able to vote in this year's
referendum on independence. Some MPs would like to see the voting age
lowered across the UK. Why not have votes at 16? As someone
that has worked pretty much all my adult life with 16 to 18`year`olds,
my experience would suggest that they have as much sense as us older
people when it comes to making judgements.
But would the majority of people use their vote? It's estimated that in
last year's local elections, 32% of 18 to 24``year`olds turned out to
vote. Compared with 72% of over 65s. I asked college students whether
they wanted to see the voting age lowered.
With the way teenagers are acting in society, putting how the country
runs into their hands is just going to make it go downhill.
I think we should be able to decide what happens in our local community
in East Riding, and in the local government.
Labour and the Liberal Democrats are broadly in favour of lowering the
voting age, but many I'm too young. It should stay at 18.
So, these would`be voters may have to wait a little longer before they
have their say at the ballot box. There are claims that new fishing
rules being enforced on the East Coast will put fishermen out of
business and damage the local tourist industry. Changes are being
made to the way sea fish can be caught, which the Environment Agency
says will make fishing more sustainable. But those affected say
the rules are unworkable and will destroy their livelihoods.
It will put a lot of people out of business. There's six of us fishing
in this way ` very sustainable. It's been going on for years. Everything
has been working fine, and now they're wanting to put these rules
in, which they've no right to do. Humberside Police and Crime
Commissioner Matthew Grove has confirmed that people living in the
force area will pay nearly two percent more for policing from
April. Mr Grove says the rise will help protect some jobs and allow
investment in new technology. He's pressing ahead despite opposition
from the Police and Crime Panel. An inquiry looking into the proposed
Lincoln Eastern Bypass has finished today. Highways and planning
officers have been hearing people's objections to parts of the planned
road. It's hoped the road will ease congestion in the cty.
Let's get a look at the weather now ` here's Paul Hudson with the
forecast. It's certainly been a wild evening
out there. Here are the top gusts that we've recorded. We haven't
beaten the Holbeach 75 mph gusts that was reported this afternoon,
but Leconfield comes in with 70 mph this evening. It has been a very
windy evening. We still have a warning in place, although the top
gusts will start to ease very shortly. That's the weather chart
right now. The winds slowly moderating after midnight. There
will be a few scattered showers, but quite a bit of dry weather, with
lowest temperatures at two. Tomorrow, a much better day in
general. Mostly dry and bright with just one or two wintry showers.
Quite heavy showers pushing across parts of East Yorkshire later in the
day. Temperatures around six degrees. Still a strong wind.
Friday, a bright start and wind and rain returns.
Don't forget to tune in to your local radio station for the latest
on the weather, and the impact it's having in East Yorkshire and
Lincolnshire. That's all from the late team. Look North is back
tomorrow just after 6.25AM ` hope you can join us then. Bye for now.
Good evening. What an incredible day of weather it has been. We saw gusts
of wind up to 108 mph in the West of Wales. The wind is easing down a
notch or two but we still have a high-level amber warning from the
Met Office for the strength of the wind over the next few hours over
quite a large swathe of the UK. Northern Ireland, northern England
and down across Wales, there is still potential for damaging and
disruptive gusts of wind. This huge curl of cloud is bringing wet and
windy weather across much of the West of Europe. It curls back across
the north of the UK and that's the centre of the area of low pressure
with the strongest winds just to the south of that. Let's focus on the
winds over the next few hours. The ease down by a notch or two but
still blustery conditions over most of Wales. High seas around the coast
and gusting up to 70 mph. Easily around the 80 mph mark across much
of northern England. Across the Pennines this evening and overnight,
travelling will be treacherous. Wind and rain at lower levels will
produce a lot of spray. You don t have to go to high up the Pennines
to see that turned to snow. One way or another, further disruption to
travel is more than likely. BBC local radio will keep you up-to date
on where you are and where you are trying to get to. The centre of the
low system moves northwards. Pretty heavy snow developing across the
hills of Scotland with several centimetres by dawn. A bit of snow
for Northern Ireland and wintry showers drifting across the southern
counties. A risk of ice with most races are seeing the temperatures a
degree or so either side of freezing. A cold, windy start
Thursday but I think it be a better day. No persistent rain to be seen.
There should be some spells of sunshine for many of us, as well.
Does it last until the end of the week? I'm afraid not. It goes
downhill on Friday. This low pressure will head our way. Lots of
isobars on the chart later in the day. Gusts of 60, 70 or 80 mph, with
rain spreading northwards. Significant snow for parts of
Northern Ireland and southern Scotland. Windy into the start of
the weekend. Saturday has outbreaks of rain. On Sunday, something of a
respite. The winds will ease down and it should