Towns and villages across South Holland are in “batten down the hatches” mode as Storm Doris causes havoc across the district.
Reports of trees down and power cuts in Spalding, Long Sutton, Moulton Seas End, Pinchbeck, Weston Hills and Baston are threatening to stretch emergency services and utility companies throughout the day.
Students at both Spalding Grammar School and Spalding High School have been sent home early after coach firm Brylaine decided to start the school run early.
In a statement to parents, a Brylaine spokesman said: “We have just made the decision to collect children from school early today because of the weather conditions.
“If you have a son/daughter who normally travels to school on a Brylaine bus they are now on their way home.”
Strong winds are also affecting drivers in Bourne where a tree came down on the A15 near the McDonalds restaurant in South Road.
A wet start, with a band of heavy blustery rain spreading east. Then turning very windy with gales, perhaps severe, along with further outbreaks of rain, leading to the risk of disruption. Rain perhaps turning wintry across the Peak District. Maximum Temperature 8 °C.”Met Office weather for East Midlands today
Meanwhile, Spalding Today readers have been sending in their photographs of fallen trees from Moulton to Pinchbeck.
Western Power Distribution has confirmed that more than 80 customers are without power in Spalding alone, with electricity cuts also reported in Long Sutton and Baston.
A Western Power Distribution spokesman said: “Engineers are working to restore power as quickly as possible to customers, but it is a fairly fast-moving situation.”
East Midlands Trains has warned of “significant disruption” to its service through Spalding, between Lincoln and Peterborough, with delays, alteration and even cancellations possible.
Stagecoach, which operates the 505 Spalding to King’s Lynn service, is advising passengers to allow extra time for their journeys.
THURSDAY 1.20pm: South Holland feels the brunt of Storm Doris as trees and power lines come down
Spalding and villages across South Holland are feeling the full force of storm-force conditions as reports continue of falling trees and power lines.
Trees have come down in Priory Road, London Road and West Marsh Road, all in Spalding, as Storm Doris sweeps across the region.
There is also disruption in Pinchbeck after a tree was blown down outside Birchgrove Garden Centre in Surfleet Road.
Meanwhile, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has warned people not to touch fallen power cables brought down by strong winds.
People should instead report them using the Power Cut 105 number for Western Power Distribution to attend and repair.
There are also warning for drivers not to venture out, the latest coming from police in Bourne.
Earlier, a Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “As Storm Doris passes by, we are advising people not to make journeys if they don’t have too.
“We are taking reports from across the county of trees across the road, power cables down, flying trampolines and gazebos.
“High-sided vehicles are advised to take extra care and people should keep watching the weather reports that will provide more information on how the weather will affect Lincolnshire.
“If you see trees across the road or other potential dangers, please contact us on 101.
• Please send in your Storm Doris photographs to email@example.com
Thursday 12.30PM: Storm Doris has hit Spalding with a vengeance after a large tree came down outside the Old Johnson Hospital.
The tree has blocked Priory Road, outside the South Holland District Council offices.
County highways officers have been notified and a team are being sent to remove the tree.
Meanwhile, there are reports of trees down in Weston Hills where power lines are also down.
The village’s main Broadgate road is currently closed, while Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has reported nine incidents of trees down across roads in the county.
Earlier today, a lorry overturned on the A17 in Swineshead as Lincolnshire Police issue a warning for people not to travel unless it is absolutely necessary.
THURSDAY 11.55AM: Amber weather warning as Storm Doris batters Lincolnshire
There are several reports of trees being blown down in the county as Storm Doris batters Lincolnshire.
These include a fallen tree blocking a carriageway on John Adams Way, in Boston.
The A52 Boston to Skegness road is also blocked by a fallen tree and a lorry stuck in mud between Leverton and Old Leake.
Roads around Horncastle are also affected by wind-blown debris.
Police in Horncastle are advising residents to delay putting out bins so they don’t get blown away.
The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for the county as gales hit the area.
According to the council, the anticipated speed of the gusts has been lowered from 70 to 80mph to 60 to 70mph since the chief forecaster issued comments about possible damage and disruption.
The chief forecaster said: “Whilst the strongest winds look to be only short-lived, damage to structures, interruptions to power supplies and widespread disruption to travel networks are likely, with a danger of injury from flying debris.
“Heavy rain is also likely through Thursday as well as some snow over high ground as the system clears eastwards. These may prove additional hazards.”
County council tips on staying safe are:
• Secure items outside your home that could be blown away, such as patio furniture, bins etc
• Place cars in garages or where they will be protected from flying debris, such as tiles or branches for example
• Remove items from around your home that may be blown into windows/patio doors
• Keep pets indoors and shelter outdoor pets, or bring under cover in a protected location
• Check that nearby trees and/or tall structures are undamaged and in good repair and are not in danger of being blown over and damaging your home or placing people in danger
Today’s weather for the East Midlands is:
“A wet start, with a band of heavy blustery rain spreading east. Then turning very windy with gales, perhaps severe, along with further outbreaks of rain, leading to the risk of disruption. Rain perhaps turning wintry across the Peak District. Maximum Temperature 8 °C.”
• Anyone affected by a power cut is asked to call 105.