High winds lash Leeds

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Traffic restrictions were put in place in Leeds today as high-speed gales headed for the city.

The junction outside of Bridgewater Place was closed to both pedestrians and vehicles from 9am with widespread gales of up to 60 to 70 mph are predicted for parts of the region.

A plane lands at Leeds Bradford Airport. PIC:  Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian

A plane lands at Leeds Bradford Airport. PIC: Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian

The move comes after a coroner this month recommended shutting the junction after conducting a hearing into the death of a man who was crushed under a lorry when a wind tunnel effect was created alongside the building.

John Griffiths, a forecaster for MeteoGroup UK, said: “There will be some very, very strong winds and blustery showers in places tomorrow.” The news comes after gales and storm brought misery to parts of southern England over Christmas.

Fellow forecaster Helen Roberts said: “The storm will push in from the west overnight, bringing wet and windy weather to much of the UK. There will be very strong gales inland at times and severe gales on the western

coast. There will be about 10-20mm of rain for many areas, possibly 25mm in some locations.

“This is not a huge amount of rain but because it will be falling on very saturated land, even relatively small amounts of rain could cause further problems.”

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