UPDATE – Strong winds causes nightmare on roads

The M6 Southbound near Junction 38 has had three lanes closed following a one vehicle road traffic collision. It is only passable on the hard shoulder.

Motorists are to expect significant delays and are asked to slow down as the recovery of a HGV takes place.

Police advise that high-sided vehicles do not take the A6 as a diversion due to high winds.

A blanket 50mph speed restriction has been set between Junction 35 and Junction 40.

People are advised to only travel if their journey is essential and seek alternative routes in those areas which are affected. If travel is essential please exercise caution due to the dangerous conditions.

Police are dealing with a number of incidents, including:

· Inkerman Terrace in Whitehaven – Road closed due to reports of fallen tree blocking the road.

· The A6 at Hackthorpe – Road closed from Hackthorpe to Shap due to a tree blocking the road. Motorists asked to avoid the area.

· Barncroft Avenue, Seaton – Road closed following a roof being blown off a property.

· A595 at Moota – Road closed in both directions following the a roof blown off the former Moota Hotel.

Please keep up-to-date with the situation on the roads at www.cumbria.police.uk/traffic or tune into local radio stations.

For more information about flood alerts, visit http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx

Keep up-to-date with the weather at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/#?tab=map