AMBER WARNING: 80mph winds hit Westmorland and Furness

A fallen tree at Banneriggs Brow, Barbon. Picture taken at 10.20am on Monday 13 November.

Residents are advised to travel with caution as 80mph winds hit coastal areas of Westmorland and Furness today (Monday 13 November).

The Met Office has issued an AMBER weather warning for parts of southern and western Cumbria with expected disruptions to road, rail and power.

Westmorland and Furness Highways have increased resources to respond to your reports of issues caused by the storm, and are already attending fallen trees, flooding and affected streetlights.  

Strongest gusts will range from 70 to 80pmh, with inland areas affected by wind speeds of up 65mph, causing airborne debris and the inevitable of fallen trees endangering pedestrians, motorists and stationary vehicles.

Spells of moderate to heavy rain will add to challenging travel conditions and increase risk of flooding due to oversaturated areas. 

Residents are advised to:

  • Avoid travel where possible or if required, travel with caution – pack your car with essentials, plan your route and listen to travel updates.
  • Stay clear of coastal areas that are at risk of large waves and spray.
  • Do not drive through flood water, take an alternative route.
  • Secure any loose outdoor items like rubbish bins, trampolines and plant pots.
  • Please report highways emergencies that require our immediate attention such as a fallen tree or flooding to our Highways Hotline on 0300 373 3306.
  • For less serious issues, complete our online reporting form found on

Residents can keep up to date on road closures and the impact of the storm by following Westmorland and Furness Council on your favourite social media platform.