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Strong winds weather warning extended

Allen Cook

BBC News

The Met Office yellow weather warning for the West Midlands for strong winds has been extended to 19:00 today.

Tree down in Birmingham
West Midlands Fire Service

It says the winds aren't expected to be as strong as overnight but could still cause transport delays and power cuts.

Anniversary laser display lights up Telford

A laser display has lit up the skies of Telford over the last two nights, to mark the start of the town's 50th anniversary year.

Seven beams, each up to 10 miles (16km) long, were shone from locations around the area, converging on the Wrekin.

Telford and Wrekin Council
Telford and Wrekin Council

People have been encouraged to tweet their photos of the lasers, designed by artist Dal Badial from London, using the hashtag #TF50light.

Almost 900 properties still without power

Almost 900 homes and businesses in the West Midlands are thought to be without electricity now after engineers worked through the night to restore power to many of those affected by Storm Eleanor.

High winds brought down dozens of trees.

Western Power Distribution said it hoped to restore supplies to many of the remaining homes by 11:00

At its height, 2,000 properties in the region were affected overnight.

Storm Eleanor: Flood warnings and alerts in place

BBC Midlands Today

There's a full flood warning in place this morning on the River Severn just south of our area with the Environment Agency predicting a tide level of four metres on parts of it.

Flood gate in New Street, Upton-upon-Severn being closed
Environment Agency

The flood gates in New Street in Upton-upon-Severn were also closed last night (pictured).

Storm Eleanor's also led to the agency issuing several lesser flood alerts for other parts of the region including in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Warwickshire.

Strong wind warning for today

Allen Cook

BBC News

A yellow weather warning for strong winds today's going to stay in force until 18:00 at least today.

Area covered by weather warning
Met Office

The Met Office says it covers the whole of the West Midlands and could see public transport disrupted or cancelled at times.

It also says people should be prepared for power cuts and other disruption with people being warned that there could be flying debris.

Trees down and marquee blown away by Storm Eleanor

Allen Cook

BBC News

Trees and power lines have been brought down in parts of the West Midlands as Storm Eleanor has swept across the UK.

Tree down on Ombersley Way, Droitwich
West Mercia Police

West Midlands Fire Service says a 60ft marquee took flight in Solihull last night while Worcestershire County Council says a bus shelter was blown on to the B4196 Astley Cross near Stourport.

West Mercia Police says there have been several trees brought down in Shropshire and Worcestershire.

In one case in Worcestershire, the force said a tree had come down and hurt a member of the public, although they haven't revealed their injuries.

Here's how long the stormy weather will last

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It's been a windy start to the morning and there is still a yellow weather warning from the Met Office in place today.

Here's how the rest of the day's looking and you can stay up-to-date at any other time by going to the BBC Weather website.

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Michael Gale and Laura Goodman

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Council tax increase of 3.2% planned

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

Council tax for people living in Telford and Wrekin will rise by 3.2% from April, under proposals from the council.

Telford and Wrekin Council building in Telford

It says it's sticking to its agreement from last year that tax in 2018 and 2019 will go up by 3.2%, adding 58p a week to a Band B home.

The council also says it'll stick to planned cuts of another £7m next year on top of £110m of savings since 2010.

War poet's words on £2 coin

Allen Cook

BBC News

Words written by Shropshire-born poet Wilfred Owen will be printed on a £2 coin.

War poet Wilfred Owen (1893 - 1918) in uniform with a young boy,
Getty Images

The Royal Mint is printing commemorative coins including ones marking the anniversary of women gaining the right to vote.

Another commemorates 100 years since the armistice was signed to end World War One.

It features a quote from Wilfred Owen, who was born on the edge of Oswestry and later lived in Shrewsbury, from his poem Strange Meeting: "The truth untold, the pity of war."

Video: Hold on to your hats...

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Heavy rain is expected overnight with winds becoming very strong by the early hours of the morning and highs of 5C (41F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Conservation walkway for Iron Bridge

Allen Cook

BBC News

Visitors to the Iron Bridge in Shropshire are being promised they will be able to see conservation work close up.

The Iron Bridge covered in scaffolding and plastic sheeting

The £3.6m conservation project was wrapped up for Christmas with less of the structure visible.

But English Heritage says it is planning to set up a scaffold walkway to give people a chance to see the efforts close-up.

The Iron Bridge has just passed an anniversary as 1 January 1781 was the date when the crossing was opened to traffic.

River level warning with flood alerts in place

Allen Cook

BBC News

Eight flood alerts are still in place after the recent heavy rain and wintry weather.

River Lugg near Leominster
River Lugg

They are for:

The Environment Agency says the alerts mean flooding is possible in those areas and, with more rain forecast, river levels could rise even more.

RAF Cosford cleaners need a head for heights
Specialist cleaners dangle on ropes attached to the ceiling so they can dust aircraft on display.

Suspension to neurology services lifted

Mark Elliott

BBC Shropshire

General picture of a scanner used in neurology

A limited number of patients with neurological conditions are now going to be seen in Shropshire after the ending of a temporary suspension.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust suspended the service in March after waiting lists became too long.

Now it says those lists have come down so a limited number of new patients will be seen.

The NHS trust says it's working on a long-term solution with doctors from specialist sites in Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham and Liverpool coming to Shropshire to treat people.

We're talking with all of those units at the moment about introducing that model into the county. That would really secure an excellent service for our patients and one that would not be at risk at all in the future."

Simon WrightChief executive of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

How to spring clean an aircraft museum

Joanne Writtle

BBC Midlands Today

The Royal Air Force's official museum at Cosford in Shropshire is having a bit of a spring clean ahead of the RAF's 100th anniversary.

Plane clean

As many of its exhibits are entire aircraft, some of which are suspended from it's hangar ceilings, it's not a straightforward job.

You can see my report Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

In the papers: Stabbings in Shrewsbury

Shropshire Star

Storm Eleanor: Wind warning brought forward

A yellow weather warning for wind, issued by the Met Office, now comes into force in the West Midlands from 18:00 today.

Very strong winds could affect public transport and cause power cuts, until 1800 on Wednesday it said.

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Arrest after two hurt in disturbance

Allen Cook

BBC News

A man's been arrested after two people were hurt last night in Shrewsbury.

Hereford Road, Shrewsbury

Two men, aged 45 and 47, suffered a stab and head injury in a disturbance on Hereford Road, police say.

West Mercia Police says they did get hospital treatment but have since been discharged.

A man in his 50s is in custody after being arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Hereford Road was closed to traffic for a time.

Rural maternity units reopen

Elaine Muir

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Shropshire's three rural maternity units have reopened.


The units in Ludlow, Oswestry and Bridgnorth were closed due to staffing challenges at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust (SaTH).

Some residents had raised concerns about how far some would have to travel to give birth and about overworked the remaining units would be.

The trust said they'd recruited more midwives and changed the way the team work, particularly when it comes to staffing home births.

There is a question over how long they'll exist in the current format as a new model for maternity care in the county is being discussed by health bosses.

Six arrests after two men stabbed

Allen Cook

BBC News

Six men are being questioned after two people were stabbed in Shrewsbury early on New Year's Day.

It happened near the Buttermarket nightclub and police say one of the victims, a 21-year-old man, is in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Road next to Buttermarket club

The second victim, an 18-year-old man, is in a stable condition.

Officers say the six men, all from outside Shrewsbury and aged between 19 and 28, have been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

Storm Eleanor: Weather warning issued

Strong winds are set to hit the West Midlands later as Storm Eleanor heads our way.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for the region from the early hours of Wednesday.

Strong and gusty winds are expected through much of the day with a risk of minor property damage from flying debris. There is also a small chance of transport delays, route and bridge closures.

weather warning map
Met Office

Gusts of 60 to 70 mph are likely.

Storm Eleanor is the fifth named storm to hit the UK this winter.

Howling at the moon...

BBC Weather Watchers

Anyone catch sight of last night's full moon?

Often known as the Wolf Moon, it is already thought it could be the biggest of 2018.

Weather Watcher Darryl took this image in Castle Bromwich.


Eskimodens Lens took this in the Warwickshire village of Bidford-on-Avon.

Eskimodens Lens

And bingoswestry took this in Oswestry, Shropshire.


Man arrested after stabbing incident

A 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing another man in Telford.

The 50-year-old victim suffered a "serious injury to his hand" at a property in Barclay Court in Trench yesterday, police said.

Officers are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Lorries asked to take diversion

BBC News Travel

A serious police incident closed the A5191 Hereford Road, Shropshire, in both directions for a time overnight.

The road, between Oakley Street and Upper Road, has re-opened but lorries are recommended to take an alternative route as it is difficult for them to pass through, police say.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

After a dry and bright start we’ll see rain arrive later this morning and over lunchtime.

It’ll become dry this afternoon before turning wet and windy tonight with highs of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe accident: M54 Staffordshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Staffordshire westbound severe accident, between J2 for A449 and J3 for A41.

M54 Staffordshire - M54 partially blocked westbound between J2, A449 (Wolverhampton) and J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of an accident involving overturned vehicle and a car.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A5191 Shropshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A5191 Shropshire both ways severe disruption, between Oakley Street and Upper Road.

A5191 Shropshire - A5191 Hereford Road in Shrewsbury closed in both directions between the Oakley Street junction and the Upper Road junction, because of a serious police incident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time


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Gritting teams needed again

With snow forecast for higher ground tonight, gritters are once again preparing to go out in Staffordshire and parts of Shropshire.

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Warwickshire County Council said it's monitoring the forecast and will grit if necessary.

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What's the weather got in store?

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It should be a mild night for most with some rain and temperatures dropping to around 2C (36F).

Some snow is possible on higher ground, before temperatures rise into tomorrow morning.

Charlie Slater

In the papers: Mum dies giving birth at hospital

Shropshire Star

One released from overturned car

Firefighters have released a driver from a car which overturned near Bridgnorth, Shropshire.

The crash happened just after 07:00 at at Bore Mill, Highley.

Video: Rain, snow or ice: What's the weather doing today?

After a cold and icy start to the day, with a yellow warning in force for ice in places, rain will push in through the morning with some sunshine to come later.

We can expect top temperatures of around 6C (43F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands