Homes flooded as region feels the wrath of Bertha

Hopewell Road in Hull yesterday
Hopewell Road in Hull yesterday
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A WEATHER warning covering Yorkshire was in place for this morning as forecasters warned that yesterday’s heavy rain could be followed by high winds.

Winds were expected to hit 50 mph in many places with the Pennines seeing gusts of up to 70 mph triggering a ‘yellow’ warning from the Met Office.

Met Office forecaster Callum MacColl told The Yorkshire Post that into the middle of next week, Yorkshire and the Humber will see a mix of sunny spells and blustery showers.

“From Wednesday onwards we will tend to see winds easing but will continuing sunny spell and showers,” he said.

“In the latter part of the week it will ease off and become more settled.”

He added: “There’s certainly no heatwave on the cards.”

Violent thunderstorms and heavy rain were seen across the region yesterday as Yorkshire was hit by a storm front fuelled by the remnants of Hurricane Bertha.

In Hull, a mini-tornado struck Hopewell Road felling trees which hit cars and homes, removing roof tiles and sending glass flying through the air. One person was reportedly injured in the chaos.

Homes were flooded in Grimsby and last night firefighters were at addresses in Hull and the East Riding helping to pump flood water away.

Humberside Fire Service said it had received a “very high volume” of flooding calls and was prioritising those where water was entering properties.

A number of roads were made impassable by the rising flood water although by last night some had been reopened.

On Twitter, Humberside Police’s Command Centre said: “Thank you to the community today for all your help & support in closing roads & aiding flood victims during an extremely busy time.”

Flood warnings were in place last night for the north side of the dock area of Bridlington, properties on Harbour Road and North Bank of the Humber Estuary from Kilnsea to Skeffling and Weeton.

A further warning for the Humber was in place for this morning with Kilnsea village a particular area of concern.

It was the second time in 48 hours that the region had been hit by severe weather with Yorkshire battered by heavy thunderstorms on Friday evening, triggering a series of flash floods across the region.

Yesterday’s storms caused disruption across the country.

They struck Cornwall in the early hours of the morning, before moving east and northwards.

Homeowners in Kent armed themselves with buckets as they desperately tried to mop up after the storm flooded some properties while in Norfolk firefighters battled to pump the floodwater out of 10 homes.

Organisers had to postpone the prestigious Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, which was due to kick off in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. It will set sail at 9am today to allow the stormy weather to subside.

The last day of the Boardmasters music and surfing festival in Cornwall was axed while Brittany Ferries said it had cancelled its four fast-craft catamaran services between Portsmouth and Le Havre and Cherbourg in France.

A performance by singer Katherine Jenkins which was due to close the Junction 16 festival at Betley Farm in Cheshire was called off.

Network Rail said train passengers in the south of England had faced delays after bad weather caused flooding at Fulwell station in south-west London and a tree to blow on to the track on the Henley train line.