Strong winds hit Hemsworth and South Elmsall

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STRONG WINDS battered the Hemsworth and South Elmsall area throughout Wednesday night.

The gales blew away wheelie bins and fences and several roads were closed across Wakefield after uprooted trees blocked the highway.

The bad weather also caused a number of other hazards including some localised flooding, fallen branches in local parks and dislodged signs that were causing a danger to drivers.

Teams from Wakefield Council worked through the night to clear the fallen trees and make areas safe across the district.

Joanne Roney, the council’s chief executive, said: “We have had teams of council staff on call for the last two nights and they were particularly busy last night when the winds across the district were very strong. Thankfully, we are not aware of anyone being hurt and the winds are forecast to abate today.

“I am grateful for the work the teams are doing in what are often very difficult conditions. Today our priority is to get roads cleared and open as quickly as possible.”

Anyone who is worried about trees falling down or any other type of wind damage should call the council’s contact centre on 0845 8506506.

Have you been affected by the strong winds? Get in touch by emailing gemma.jimmison@wakefieldexpress.co.uk or call 01977 642214.