Gale force winds of more than 80mph wreaked havoc across South Yorkshire – smashing windows, toppling and bringing down power lines.
More than 100 worried residents called Sheffield Council to report trees and branches blocking roads and pavements.
At the Valley Centertainment complex passers-by avoided serious injury when the glass frontage of the Subway outlet blew out.
Overturned lorries on the region’s motorways caused chaos, with one driver needing to be cut free from his cab.
Major tailbacks were caused on the A1M when there were two separate incidents of lorries overturning.
The first was at 9.20am between junctions 34 and 35 when one person became trapped after his vehicle overturned. Lanes 1 and 2 were closed and traffic had to pass using the hard shoulder. The central reservation was badly damaged. At 11.40am a further lorry overturned between junctions 36 and 37.
Northern Powergrid deployed all its available staff to restore power to customers affected by the storm.
By 11.45am approximately 25,000 properties in the North East, Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire were without power due to the severe conditions and gale force winds, with up to 75mph wind gusts recorded.
Staff at Doncaster Council took the precaution of blocking the area between the Cast Theatre and the Civic Offices off yesterday morning.
A spokesman said: “We have had some work done on the roof recently so we have blocked off that area for safety reasons, it is just a precaution.”
Elsewhere in the town, trees fell on the A18 Carr House Road between Danum Road and Sandbeck Road, leading to its closure; also Denbrook Lane at Clifton; Lambeth Road, Balby; and at a property in Drake Road, Wheatley; and the A614 Hatfield Road at Thorne which had to be partially closed.
In the town centre Sunny Bar and the pedestrian access along the Market Place was cordoned off, as was St Sepulchre Gate outside the Frenchgate Centre and the Lakeside Village shopping park due to concerns about a falling sign.
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue reported giving advise to a resident of Copley Road in Doncaster who called at 10.30am concerned about loose roof tiles.
Doncaster fire crew went out to Thorpe Road in Balne at 11.35am after concerns were raised about dangerous roof tiles.
Some businesses had reportedly closed in Mexborough due to the high winds.
A greengrocers and some outdoor market traders were said to have closed as gale force winds swept through the High Street.