Storm Doris caused chaos across Staffordshire today, ripping up trees, damaging buildings and sparking travel disruption.
Met Office forecasters predicted 80mph winds and heavy winds which have battered for Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire for most of the day.
Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service have issued travel warnings and safety advice, and National Rail companies have stated that many routes have been blocked to Stoke-on-Trent by fallen trees.
Cauldon Road in Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent, was blocked when a tree was uprooted and fell across the carriageway. No one was hurt.
The A525 at Madeley, near Newcastle, was also closed both ways because of a fallen tree.
And the A518 at Grindley, between Uttoxeter and Stafford, was partially blocked by debris from a tree.
Staffordshire Police say they have taken SIX times the normal number of phone calls because of the storm.
A woman in Wolverhampton has been killed by falling debris caused by the ‘weather bomb’ of 94 mph winds.
She was confirmed dead at the scene outside a branch of Starbucks after suffering from ‘very serious head injuries’, a spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance said.
There have also been reports of overturned lorries which have blocked the A53 between Leek and Buxton.
And there is slow traffic on the M6 due to a broken down vehicle. The Thelwall Viaduct in Cheshire was also closed for a time due to high winds.
Mark Deaville, Highways Chief at Staffordshire County Council, said: “Our highways team is doing a sterling job removing fallen trees from our roads, with crews working throughout the day to make the county as safe as possible in very difficult conditions.”
Staffordshire Police tweeted: “Still lots of reports about #stormdoris incs. Pls remember only call 999 if there is a significant risk to safety OR a collision with injury.”