12/02/2014 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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flood waters are on the rise. That's

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Good evening from Look North. High winds have caused havoc across

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the East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, tonight, as roads were closed,

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trains delayed and trees brought down. The Humber Bridge and Ouse

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Bridge have been closed to all vehicles, this evening, as high

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winds batter the country. Gusts of up to 75 miles an hour have been

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recorded in the region. Forecasters say although the peak has passed

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they are warning there may still be stormy weather into the early hours.

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Our reporter Amanda White joins me now. How bad have things been?

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Well, we have now seen the worst of the weather now ` forecasters say

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things will begin to die down now. But as the day went on, today, the

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winds got up and the damage mounted. The winds have been felt the most on

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the coast this afternoon. There were gusts of 75 miles per hour in

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Holbeach and 67 miles per hour at Wainfleet near Skegness. Just up the

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road, 1500 homes lost power at Burgh le Marsh near Skegness at lunchtime.

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They all had power restored within two hours. The rough waters of the

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Humber and the North Sea at Bridlington earlier today were just

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the start. By tea`time, this ancient tree had collapsed in West Hull,

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taking a telephone box and a bay window with it.

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I'm completely stunned. I'm stunned! I knew the wind was strong, but I

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didn't realise it was that strong. I think it's flattened the telephone

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box. Earlier in Grimsby, a woman hurt her

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head when these trees landed on a van and a car. This tree also blew

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over in Butterwick near Boston. Earlier, winds gusted at 75 miles

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per hour in Holbeach and 67 miles per hour at Wainfleet. Tonight, the

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high winds had begun to cause major traffic chaos. With both the Ouse

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and Humber Bridges closed, commuters were stranded both sides of the

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water. Police urged against unnecessary journeys with unexpected

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hazards caused by the weather. The Hull to Rotterdam Ferry is still in

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its berth, its 8.30PM sailing has been delayed until at least

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midnight. Well, the problems do seem to be

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easing, now, although the rail companies across the region say they

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are still facing disruption ` particularly as trains are being

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affected further along the routes. And for motorists on the roads,

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police say the gusts could still cause problems. It's not clear yet

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how long the problems will carry on, but the advice is don't travel

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unless you have to and take extra care on your journeys. And Paul

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Hudson will be here in a few minutes with a full weather forecast for the

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next twenty four hours. Boston Borough Council says it will

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apply for tens of thousands of pounds of government funding to help

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pay for recovery work following December's floods. Over 500 homes,

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businesses and the Boston Stump were damaged following the tidal surge.

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The clear up has already cost the authority tens of thousands of

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pounds. One example would be Council tax

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discounts and council tax holidays, particularly where people are living

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in particularly difficult conditions, and in some cases not

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living in their homes. We still have over 150 families that are not

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living in the houses that they were prior to the event.

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A group of Lincolnshire farmers are raising money for people flooded in

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Somerset. The social media based group say they've raised hundreds of

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pounds so far. They've also arranged to send straw and food to farmers in

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the South West of England. Teenagers from East Yorkshire and

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Lincolnshire have joined a protest in London calling for the voting age

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to be lowered to sixteen. At the moment, young people in

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England have to wait until they are eighteen to take part in elections,

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but some MPs, including Scunthorpe's Nic Dakin,want to reduce the age

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limit. Here's more from our Political Editor Tim Iredale.

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What do we want? Votes! When do we want it? Sixteen!

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The teenagers who marched on Parliament, today, have no direct

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say on who represents them here. Some, including 16`year`old Thomas

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from Hull, believe that should change.

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I think young people in East Yorkshire really should be allowed

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to vote, because they are currently underrepresented. They don't

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understand that they have a say in parliament. Giving them the vote at

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16 means that they can influence the country, and realise that politics

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really does play a part in everything in their life.

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Although under 18s in England can't vote under current rules, 16 and

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17`year`olds in Scotland will be able to vote in this year's

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referendum on independence. Some MPs would like to see the voting age

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lowered across the UK. Why not have votes at 16? As someone

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that has worked pretty much all my adult life with 16 to 18`year`olds,

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my experience would suggest that they have as much sense as us older

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people when it comes to making judgements.

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But would the majority of people use their vote? It's estimated that in

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last year's local elections, 32% of 18 to 24``year`olds turned out to

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vote. Compared with 72% of over 65s. I asked college students whether

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they wanted to see the voting age lowered.

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With the way teenagers are acting in society, putting how the country

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runs into their hands is just going to make it go downhill.

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I think we should be able to decide what happens in our local community

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in East Riding, and in the local government.

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Labour and the Liberal Democrats are broadly in favour of lowering the

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voting age, but many I'm too young. It should stay at 18.

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So, these would`be voters may have to wait a little longer before they

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have their say at the ballot box. There are claims that new fishing

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rules being enforced on the East Coast will put fishermen out of

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business and damage the local tourist industry. Changes are being

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made to the way sea fish can be caught, which the Environment Agency

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says will make fishing more sustainable. But those affected say

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the rules are unworkable and will destroy their livelihoods.

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It will put a lot of people out of business. There's six of us fishing

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in this way ` very sustainable. It's been going on for years. Everything

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has been working fine, and now they're wanting to put these rules

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in, which they've no right to do. Humberside Police and Crime

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Commissioner Matthew Grove has confirmed that people living in the

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force area will pay nearly two percent more for policing from

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April. Mr Grove says the rise will help protect some jobs and allow

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investment in new technology. He's pressing ahead despite opposition

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from the Police and Crime Panel. An inquiry looking into the proposed

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Lincoln Eastern Bypass has finished today. Highways and planning

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officers have been hearing people's objections to parts of the planned

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road. It's hoped the road will ease congestion in the cty.

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Let's get a look at the weather now ` here's Paul Hudson with the

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forecast. It's certainly been a wild evening

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out there. Here are the top gusts that we've recorded. We haven't

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beaten the Holbeach 75 mph gusts that was reported this afternoon,

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but Leconfield comes in with 70 mph this evening. It has been a very

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windy evening. We still have a warning in place, although the top

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gusts will start to ease very shortly. That's the weather chart

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right now. The winds slowly moderating after midnight. There

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will be a few scattered showers, but quite a bit of dry weather, with

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lowest temperatures at two. Tomorrow, a much better day in

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general. Mostly dry and bright with just one or two wintry showers.

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Quite heavy showers pushing across parts of East Yorkshire later in the

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day. Temperatures around six degrees. Still a strong wind.

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Friday, a bright start and wind and rain returns.

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Don't forget to tune in to your local radio station for the latest

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on the weather, and the impact it's having in East Yorkshire and

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Lincolnshire. That's all from the late team. Look North is back

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tomorrow just after 6.25AM ` hope you can join us then. Bye for now.

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Good evening. What an incredible day of weather it has been. We saw gusts

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of wind up to 108 mph in the West of Wales. The wind is easing down a

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notch or two but we still have a high-level amber warning from the

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Met Office for the strength of the wind over the next few hours over

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quite a large swathe of the UK. Northern Ireland, northern England

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and down across Wales, there is still potential for damaging and

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disruptive gusts of wind. This huge curl of cloud is bringing wet and

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windy weather across much of the West of Europe. It curls back across

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the north of the UK and that's the centre of the area of low pressure

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with the strongest winds just to the south of that. Let's focus on the

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winds over the next few hours. The ease down by a notch or two but

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still blustery conditions over most of Wales. High seas around the coast

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and gusting up to 70 mph. Easily around the 80 mph mark across much

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of northern England. Across the Pennines this evening and overnight,

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travelling will be treacherous. Wind and rain at lower levels will

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produce a lot of spray. You don t have to go to high up the Pennines

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to see that turned to snow. One way or another, further disruption to

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travel is more than likely. BBC local radio will keep you up-to date

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on where you are and where you are trying to get to. The centre of the

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low system moves northwards. Pretty heavy snow developing across the

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hills of Scotland with several centimetres by dawn. A bit of snow

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for Northern Ireland and wintry showers drifting across the southern

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counties. A risk of ice with most races are seeing the temperatures a

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degree or so either side of freezing. A cold, windy start

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Thursday but I think it be a better day. No persistent rain to be seen.

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There should be some spells of sunshine for many of us, as well.

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Does it last until the end of the week? I'm afraid not. It goes

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downhill on Friday. This low pressure will head our way. Lots of

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isobars on the chart later in the day. Gusts of 60, 70 or 80 mph, with

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rain spreading northwards. Significant snow for parts of

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Northern Ireland and southern Scotland. Windy into the start of

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the weekend. Saturday has outbreaks of rain. On Sunday, something of a

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respite. The winds will ease down and it should

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