Power cuts and travel delays as Storm Ciara hits Leicestershire

Storm Ciara hit Leicestershire early this morning, with strong winds pummelling the county.

The Met Office has warned that Storm Ciara poses life-threatening danger, issuing a yellow weather warning for today.

Gusts could reach up to 70mph today in Leicestershire, with heavy rain and winds lasting until 6pm.

As expected, the severe weather is causing travel disruption to the region, with some areas also experiencing power cuts.

Western Power Distribution has reported power cuts in Castle Donington (197 properties affected), Breedon on the Hill and Thringstone (255 properties are affected), Melton (45 properties) and Arnesby (58 properties affected).

Flights have also been delayed at East Midlands Airport, however there have been no cancellations this morning. The airport has warned people to take extra care travelling to and from the airport and leave plenty of time for journeys.

Forecast for midday today (Image: Met Office)

A number of major roads have been blocked due to falling trees. This includes the A50 westbound on Bradgate Hill and a lane closure on the M1 northbound between junction 21a and junction 22.

The Highways agency has warned drivers to take care and only make necessary journeys. It said “Please take extra care when travelling and consider whether your journey is necessary before setting out.”

Bradgate Park has also warned people to stay out of woodlands today. The park said: “With the high winds we are already experiencing today, all car parks and tearooms at Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood are closed.”

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