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Freak winds wreak havoc in Burton and South Derbyshire

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 13, 2014

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PEOPLE are being warned to brace themselves for more extreme weather after gale force winds caused havoc in Burton and South Derbyshire last night.

Trees were brought crashing down, buildings were damaged and a village was left without power following winds which were described by some as the strongest they had ever witnessed.

Burton and South Derbyshire remains on flood alert with more rain and strong winds set to batter the region again tomorrow.

The third most severe warning has been issued for Burton and South Derbyshire, meaning people should be prepared for the threat of flooding.

Moor Street, in Burton, was blocked last night after a large tree came down while several rural roads were also affected by falling timber as gusts reached up to 70mph in parts of the region.

A walkway off High Street, Burton, near the former Brewers Bar pub, was also sealed off to the public today after a tree came down.

A barbers in Newhall suffered damage to its roof with debris left strewn across High Street.

Owner Gary Barnett told the Mail: “There was a whole section in the middle of the road.

“The police arrived and everyone came and helped me shift it.

“Fortunately nobody was hurt and there was no cars passing at the time. It just shows you what can happen.”

Parts of Hanbury were without power for more than six hours as the village felt the full force of the gusts.

Stewart McCracken, from the Cock Inn, on Hanbury Hill, said: “It went out at about 4.30pm and came back on at around 11pm. We were in candle light.

“A lot of the village was affected, a fuse was snapped by the wind. It’s horrendous. Some people can’t remember it being worse up here.”

While the region may have seen the worst of the wind, gusts of up to 50mph could hit Burton tomorrow night.

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