Weather warning after trees blown down in County Durham

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Weather warnings have been issued after high winds blew down trees in County Durham.

Durham Police said there were reports of 50mph gusts on the A66 between Brough and Bowes and alerted drivers of high-sided vehicles.

The force said a number of roads had been closed because of fallen trees, flooding and fallen power cables.

The Environment Agency issued 46 flood alerts and 14 flood warnings for the north-east of England on Monday night.

Northumbria Police urged motorists to take care and allow extra time for journeys, with standing water on some roads.

The Environment Agency said officers were keeping watch on the River Tees, River Tyne and River Wear catchments.

Forecasters said most of the UK could expect an average monthly rainfall within the next 24 hours.

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