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  1. Storm Eleanor: Man hurt in tree fall

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    A man suffered a suspected leg injury after a tree fell on him near Evesham this morning in the high winds caused by Storm Eleanor.

    Tree down on A46

    West Mercia Police says officers had been called to the A46 Cheltenham Road, Ashton under Hill at about 02:00 to reports of a tree blocking the carriageway.

    While there, they say another tree came down on the man, hurting him and he was taken to hospital.

  2. 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

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

  3. Winter pressures see patients wait in ambulances at A&E

    Michele Paduano

    Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

    New figures have shown Worcestershire's A&E departments had some of the worst waiting times of any emergency unit in the Midlands over Christmas and new year.

    Emergency Department at Worcestershire Royal Hospital

    On New Year's Eve alone there were nearly 50 cases of patients having to wait for more than an hour to be transferred from ambulances.

    Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust says it was under "considerable pressure" during the festive season and it's encouraging patients to consider alternatives to A&E.

  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J4A for M42.

    M5 Worcestershire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, because of debris on the road.

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

  5. Storm Eleanor: 'Take it easy' drivers told

    Vicky Breakwell

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Flash flooding and power cuts have affected Herefordshire and Worcestershire as Storm Eleanor swept the region.

    Tree being cleared on A46 in Worcestershire

    Hundreds of homes and firms lost electricity and a large number of trees have been reported down by West Mercia Police.

    Drivers are being advised by Worcestershire County Council to leave extra time this morning for their journeys.

    Quote Message: We've had a bus shelter blow into the road in Stourport, there are plenty of large branches that are blocking partial carriageways so the message is to really take it easy out there, allow a bit of extra time." from John Fraser Head of highways, Worcestershire County Council
    John FraserHead of highways, Worcestershire County Council
  6. 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.

  7. In the papers: Disruption from Storm Eleanor

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Storm Eleanor is dominating the top stories on the websites of many of our local newspapers:

  8. Lanes open after overturned lorry cleared

    All lanes have reopened on the M5 northbound J5-6 after an HGV overturned in a crash.

    The carriageway near Droitwich was closed for several hours to allow emergency services to right the vehicle and clean up its spilt load.

    It was the second lorry to overturn on the M5 overnight, but it's unclear if the weather played a part.

    Lorry
  9. 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

    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.

  10. Hundreds lose power as high winds blow

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    More than 300 homes and businesses are without power in Worcestershire this morning as Storm Eleanor sweeps across the region.

    Tree down in Worcestershire

    In Alvechurch, 128 have had their power cut with another 108 in the Upper Bentley area, near Redditch.

    Other affected areas include Shrawley, near Kidderminster, and Tenbury Wells.

    Western Power Distribution says it's working to get them all reconnected by around 10:30.

  11. 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

    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.

  12. 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 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.

  13. 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.

    Video content

    Video caption: Charlie Slater
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    Severe disruption: A435 Warwickshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A435 Warwickshire both ways severe disruption, between A4189 Warwick Highway and Abbeyfields Drive.

    A435 Warwickshire - A435 Birmingham Road in Mappleborough Green closed in both directions between the A4189 Warwick Highway junction and the Abbeyfields Drive junction, because of a fallen tree.

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

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    Severe disruption: A441 Worcestershire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A441 Worcestershire both ways severe disruption, between Redditch Road and M42 J2 Alvechurch.

    A441 Worcestershire - A441 in Alvechurch closed in both directions between the Redditch Road junction and Alvechurch, because of fallen power cables.

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

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    Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, between J9 for A46 and J8 for M50.

    M5 Gloucestershire - Slow traffic on M5 northbound between J9, A46 (Tewkesbury) and J8 M50, because of an earlier overturned lorry. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is around 20 minutes.

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

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    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J6 for A449.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J6, A449 (Worcester), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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