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Region escapes brunt of storm.

TEESSIDE awoke to lashing rain and gale force winds - but our region has escaped one of the worst storms with 80mph winds battering the south.

A "flood watch" was issued by the Environment Agency for the coastline from Hartlepool to Redcar.

But despite heavy rain and gales howling around the Redcar seafront the sea remained fairly calm earlier today with modest waves and very little sand blowing off the beach.

A spokeswoman for Redcar Coastwatch explained: "Redcar faces north so unless we've got a northerly wind, we don't get rough seas."

In East Cleveland Skinningrove's flood defences were proving more than adequate.

Snow swept into Stanhope, County Durham early today. Police kept a weather eye on the high winds, but allowed the A66 to remain open to high-sided vehicles.

Met expert Graham Butler said 60-70mph gusts were expected to hit tomorrow night and into Wednesday, with a risk to lorry drivers on the A1 and A19 if they again ignore the warnings of being blown over, in a re-run of the storms earlier this year.

He said: "We are not finished with these storms yet."

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 10, 2008
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