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  1. 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.

  2. 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.


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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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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    Video caption: Charlie Slater
  8. 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.

  9. 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,

    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."

  10. 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).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  11. 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.

  12. 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
    Image caption: 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.

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    Video caption: RAF Cosford cleaners need a head for heights

    Specialist cleaners dangle on ropes attached to the ceiling so they can dust aircraft on display.

  14. 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.

    Quote Message: 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." from Simon Wright Chief executive of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
    Simon WrightChief executive of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
  15. 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.

  16. 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.