The great eastern storm: gales strike the Toon

Newcastle in chaos as gusts of up to 70mph cause widespread disruption across the city

Brutal northerly winds hit the toon this morning causing widespread damage and chaos.

And it looks like you’re all stuck here. Those fleeing by train will be severely delayed, with TransPennine Express declaring that no trains will be running between Newcastle and York until at least 2pm today.

Even flights at Newcastle Airport have been disrupted, with several domestic flights cancelled.

But it’s the trampolines of Newcastle that have taken the brunt of the blow. This startling picture shows just one of many trampoline tragedies:

Even Fat Buddha has fallen victim to the great eastern storm.

The entire region remains in a Met Office Amber Alert zone, which is issued to prompt the public to “be prepared”.

With remaining leaves being ripped from trees and wheelie bins scattered across streets, we spoke to some students to find out if they said their final goodbyes before leaving the house this morning.

English & media student Abbie Higgins insisted that her life “flashed before her eyes” as her property’s To Let sign came loose from the wall and tried to kill her.

Final Destination

Geography student Charlie Brown was trembling as he told The Tab: “I was slightly terrified, yes. Nearly got pushed onto the Metro track!”

Business student Emily Foster was certain that “the winds felt beyond hurricane strength – I do believe my life might have been in danger”.

With the winds set to ease over the next 24 hours, bitter temperatures are set to ensue with tomorrow unlikely to rise above 0°C.

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