Live: Storm Aileen hits Derby as Highways England issues road warning

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Storm Aileen hit Derby last night and kept many awake as howling winds and heavy rain battered the city.

The Met Office issued a warning to expect "strong winds of up to 75mph" and "heavy rain pushing eastwards overnight".

And it looks like the forecasters got it right.

The harsh weather is expected to last until at least around 10am today - although the Met Office could extend their warning if problems continue.

Highways England has urged drivers to take extra care on their journeys to work, warning that people should delay travelling if the weather becomes too severe.

Those driving caravans, lorries and motorbikes are at risk of their vehicles being blown over.

A spokesman said: “Road users in all regions are being advised to check the weather forecast and road conditions before they travel.

“Leave extra time if travel conditions are poor and delay the journey if the weather is too severe.”

In the Midlands, A51 The Friary in Lichfield is closed in both directions is closed due to a fallen tree. Police have cordoned off the road.

There are also some problems on the trains due to an "object being caught on the overhead electric wires", according to traffic company Inrix.

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London Midland passengers between Birmingham and Lichfield are seeing delays of up to 30 minutes and some cancellations because of the issue.

Tickets are being accepted on CrossCountry and Virgin Trains services.

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George Allen

Several reports of fallen trees

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service says it has received several reports from callers about fallen trees across the county.

However, a fire service spokesman said callers should direct their reports to police or Highways England.

He said: “We have had callers ringing us to tell us that trees have fallen down.

“We have politely told them that it is not something we go out to.

“It’s something to talk to Highways England or the police about. We will attend if other agencies need assistance.”

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

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