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Clean-up begins after Storm Aileen brought torrential rain, winds and power cuts to North East

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A clean-up operation is under way after torrential downpours and strong winds battered the North East .

Storm Aileen, the first named storm this season, brought powerful winds of up to 75mph to some parts of the UK on Tuesday evening.

Northern Powergrid – which covers the North East, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire – said 7,400 homes had lost power overnight.

On Wednesday morning, flooding on the A19 near Testos Roundabout and the A690 in Durham caused delays for rush-hour commuters.

After the storm eased, the Environment Agency’s teams were out in force cleaning up debris across the region.

A ballboy caught in the downpour at Gateshead’s International Stadium

An Environment Agency spokesman said: “We were expecting strong winds and heavy rain across the North East as Storm Aileen approached so closely monitored the situation.

“Overnight two flood alerts were issued on the Upper Tees and South Tyne. We also had teams at the ready to…



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