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Storm brings down trees on West Leeds roads and canal

By John Baron

A tree was blown down ion Bramley Park this morning. Photo: Susan Tellum

Roads have been blocked and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal blocked in at least two places after 50mph winds battered the city this morning.

The severe weather has led to severe disruption for those travelling by rail – with all services either delayed or cancelled – and Leeds Bradford Airport was forced to close due to the high winds caused by Storm Otto.

Some areas have also reported power cuts.

This tree was blocking the canal near Kirkstall. Photo: John Baron/westleedsdispatch.com

The canal was completely blocked to boats in at least two places near Kirkstall this morning, although the towpath was still passable.

Someone working to clear the canal at Kirkstall.

Staff and volunteers from the Canal and Rivers Trust were hard at work sorting out the fallen trees.

There were also reports of fallen trees blocking roads in West Leeds. This one was soon cleared from outside Armley Cemetery:

Trees had also fallen in the Whitehall Road/Granny Lane areas of Farnley and Wortley.

This tree had fallen on Whitehall Road. Photo: Farnley Labour Party.

There were also reports of fallen trees in the Broad Lane/Broadlea Terrace and Bell Lane areas of Bramley.

A yellow weather warning from the Met Office is in place until 2pm today (Friday).

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