GUSTS reached up to 75mph as another winter storm buffeted Britain last night, weather forecasters said.
The top wind speed was recorded at Great Dun Fell, in Cumbria, and a gust of 67mph was measured at Emley Moor, West Yorkshire.
Speeds of 50-60mph were recorded on lower ground, said Sally Webb, a forecaster with the Press Association’s weather division MeteoGroup.
But the stormy weather will be followed by calmer, cooler conditions, she said.
“It will be largely dry and cold with the chance of a frost in a lot of areas, especially in the east,” the forecaster said.
“Tomorrow will be largely dry, sunny with fog in places in the morning.
“The wind should drop off significantly.”
The strong winds blew over a lorry on the A1 near Alnwick, Northumberland, around 3am, Northumbria Police said. The driver suffered minor injuries.
Meanwhile, an investigation was under way after a train collided with a tree on the Newcastle to Carlisle line yesterday.
Northern Rail said the 11.22am westbound service was damaged, but no passengers or staff were injured in the collision which was not wind-related.
A Northern Rail spokeswoman said it was believed a tree being felled by contractors hit another one, causing it to fall onto the tracks near Ryton, Gateshead.