Worst storm of the winter hits trees and power lines in district

tis  A tree blown over by high winds blocks a footpath near Tewit Well on the Stray.  (140213M2a)
tis A tree blown over by high winds blocks a footpath near Tewit Well on the Stray. (140213M2a)

The worst storm of the winter hit the Harrogate district last Wednesday night, uprooting trees, wiping out power lines and causing lengthy delays.

Winds of up to 65 mph struck in the late afternoon and through the evening, with driving rain, ice and some snow.

Police say between 6.30pm and 7.30pm there 60 emergency calls in North Yorkshire, most regarding falling trees blocking roads, telegraph poles coming down, and slates blown off roofs.

Tadcaster was one of the worst hit, with the gable end of a house collapsing in Roman Close.

A tree was blown down in Ulleskelf, another on Wetherby Road, and a third on the road between Tadcaster and Newton Kyme.

There were reports to police of debris on the road in Spofforth, and large branches in the road on Oxton Lane in Tadcaster and Colton Lane.

In Harrogate, a tree was blown down on Princess Royal Way in Pannal, while another was ripped up from its roots on Leeds Road.

There was further disruption on Wetherby Road in Harrogate and on the Stray where this dramatic image (right) was taken.

There were power cuts in Huby and North Rigton, and a tree fell between the two villages.

In Ripon, meanwhile, a chimney pot was blown off a roof, while phone lines were down in West Tanfield.

And in Knaresborough, there were reports of a tree down at the junction of Scriven Road and Park Road, while in Arkendale a tree was down at White Cross.

Dozens of Harrogate schoolchildren were also caught up in the storm after a planned flight on a school trip from Krakow was delayed by four hours.

The teenagers, who had spent the day at Auschwitz and Birkenau on an organised trip, were stranded for four hours, eventually landing at Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBIA) at 4.30am.