Video: Leeds copes with remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo UPDATED

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The country is bracing itself for the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo which was expected to arrive in Britain early today bringing strong winds and heavy rain.

Gusts of up to 75mph in coastal areas and 65mph inland were expected to batter much of the UK, causing widespread disruption, particularly to transport.

Hurricane Gonzalo as seen from the International Space Station.

Hurricane Gonzalo as seen from the International Space Station.

In Leeds city centre, roads around the Bridgewater Place skyscraper – a site that can be gripped by a ‘wind tunnel’ effect during stormy conditions – were closed shortly after 10.30am.

The junction was set to reopen to traffic at around 3.30pm.

Council officials have also been keeping a close eye on roads near City Square’s Majestic building, where the roof was recently badly damaged by a fire.

The local authority is warning commuters and other road users to allow for longer journey times.

Experts at the Met Office have issued a weather warning for the whole of Yorkshire and the Humber, running until 6pm today.

The Met Office also said: “The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel and possible damage to trees.

“Difficult driving conditons will result, perhaps exacerbated by surface water and spray in places.”

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, meanwhile, tweeted: “Take extra care in windy weather today! Drive safely and look after elderly relatives, friends or neighbours.”

There were no reports of the conditions causing problems for flights at Leeds Bradford Airport.

Rail services in and around Leeds were also said to be running according to schedule.

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