Sun set to go down a storm

Tree which fell in Frecheville
Tree which fell in Frecheville
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South Yorkshire has weathered the worst of storms for now, according to experts.

Trees were uprooted, buildings were damaged and flood alerts were put in place last week, which saw the area battered by high winds and torrential downpours.

Bad weather even led to Saturday’s postponement of Sheffield Wednesday’s FA Cup clash against Charlton Athletic.

But the sun is set to smile on the region in the next few days, with dry weather predicted and temperatures of up to 10 degrees.

Forecaster Chris Burton, of weather service Meteogroup, said: “The worst looks like it has come to an end. There will be sunny spells and largely dry days.

“Thursday might see some fairly heavy rain, but nothing like what we have had.

“It’s looking a bit better.”

In Sheffield around 50 trees were blown down on the highways in winds which reached 92mph, but the council say the number damaged or put at risk of falling over in the future could be much higher.

Contractor Amey has been tasked with identifying those which need urgent attention.

Sheffield Council said lessons learned from the chaos which ensued when Sheffield suffered severe flooding in 2007 has helped the city fend off flooding.

But Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, said the devastation bad weather has caused in the south east of England showed why the £19million flood defence project planned for the Lower Don is needed.

He said: “We had some flood alerts here. You can’t really measure the success of flood defence but the measures we have put in place put us in a much better position to cope with the huge amount of rain we’ve had than six years ago.

“What has happened down south is awful and a terrible visible effect of climate change.”