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Strong winds: Scaffolding collapses and Dartford bridge closed

Strong winds: Scaffolding collapses and Dartford bridge closed

Several cars were damaged when winds ripped scaffolding into a road in west London
Cars have been crushed by scaffolding and a supermarket roof has ripped off as strong winds batter the country.A plank of wood smashed through a taxi window, which witnesses said narrowly missed a passenger in the back seat, in west London.The weather has also caused travel disruption, including long delays near the Dartford Crossing where the QEII bridge is closed.Cross-Channel ferry passengers have also been hit by delays.
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A weather warning was in place for wind across southern England and Wales earlier, as gusts of up to 65mph swept across the country.
The Met Office said gust of 70mph were recorded on the Isle of Portland, off Weymouth.A further wind warning is in place for much of England from about midnight until 15:00 GMT on Wednesday.
Witnesses said a plank of wood narrowly missed a passenger in a taxi
London Fire Brigade said no-one was hurt when the scaffolding collapsed in Holland Road, near Kensington, at about 09:30 GMT.Gale Meredith said she was "struggling" to walk home when she saw the it crash into the road."I saw this scaffolding very slowly leave the top of the building and fall into the road, all in one piece," she added.Less than a mile away, sections of the wrapping on Grenfell Tower have come loose and a team is on site assessing the damage.
Part of a roof has blown off at the Tesco Extra in Broadstairs
Strong winds also blew part of the roof off a Tesco Extra store at Westwood Cross in Broadstairs, Kent.In Guildford, firefighters have been dealing with a dangerous structure due to wind conditions.Highways England said the A249 bridge at the Sheppey crossing was also closed in both directions because of the weather and a diversion was in place.In Dorchester in Dorset, fire crews were called out to a shed that had blown into a tree.
A shed ended up in a tree in Dorchester
In a statement, Highways England said: "The A282 Queen Elizabeth Bridge at the Dartford Crossing is closed due to strong winds currently being experienced."Wind speeds are currently detected at being 60+ mph and this means it is unsafe to allow southbound traffic to proceed across the bridge."Northbound and southbound traffic is using the tunnels and drivers have been advised to allow extra time.
Trees fell on cars in central Brighton
Strong winds caused damage across the city
Fallen electricity cables have also led to the closure of the A25 in Nutfield, Surrey, and UK Power Networks is dealing with outages across the region.Police in Surrey urged people to report fallen trees to the council and tweeted: "Be careful out there and expect the unexpected."Southeastern trains tweeted it was dealing with fallen trees at Deal, Harrietsham, Snodland, Wye and Broadstairs and staff were working to repair a train at Stonegate in Sussex.Kent County Council urged motorists to take care in "difficult conditions" and Essex Police said they had experienced "extremely high call demand" and warned motorists to travel only where "absolutely necessary".
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