Fierce gales leave trail of wreckage

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GALE force winds of up to 60mph battered South Yorkshire again yesterday - uprooting trees, blowing over vehicles and damaging buildings.

Emergency workers spent yesterday mounting clean-up operations and teams worked around the clock responding to incidents including flooding on Chippinghouse Road, Sharrow, Sheffield, and flooding on the A57 at Aston, Rotherham.

A tree fell against a home on Kingfield Court, Kingfield Road, Sharrow, and another landed on a car on Scawthorpe Avenue, Doncaster. An uprooted tree fell on a car on Sandy Mount Road, Wath.

Damaged trees blocked Hooton Lane, Rotherham, Stumperlowe Road, Fulwood, Sheffield, Portland Avenue, Bolsover and Long Edge Lane, Wingerworth.

Firefighters were called to a house on Derby Street, Heeley, Sheffield, which had faulty electrics after heavy rain got into the wiring. In Rotherham, Brampton Road, Thurcroft, was closed after a telegraph pole fell leaving cables dangling.

Trampolines were blown from gardens. One was found in the middle of Hoyland Road, Hoyland, Barnsley, and another in a layby alongside Wellinglea Road, Balby, Doncaster.

In Sheffield a caravan was found in the middle of Colley Road, Parson Cross, after it toppled over in the wind.

And roof panels at the new multi-million pound Tesco supermarket on Savile Street in Sheffield stared to lift. Firefighters had to secure them until contractors arrived to carry out emergency repairs.

The A628 Woodhead Pass remained closed in both directions yesterday after a lorry overturned.

Football fixtures at Sheffield Council playing fields have all been cancelled for the weekend. Council staff were unable to mark up pitches because of waterlogged land.

South Yorkshire was forecast to be calmer today,