After freak gales, warning of worse to come for Doncaster

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Roads and buildings were forced to close, and a man injured by a falling tree as gales struck Doncaster - and more disruption could be on its way.

Officials revealed 80 trees were toppled by the extreme weather, with one of them landing on a stationary car, leaving the driver in need of hospital treatment.

But last night, Doncaster Council confirmed its emergency teams were back on standby and prepared for more possible disruption across the borough tonight and into the weekend, with more wind forecast.

A spokesman said: “We are prepared for the weekend. Emergency teams are on standby and for the weekend and we are ready to deal with anything that arises.”

South Yorkshire Fire Service received three times the normal number of emergency calls on Wednesday evening for incidents across the borough.

They were called out to Cantley Lane in Cantley at around 6.20pm to rescue a man who had to be cut out of his car after a tree fell on it.

The man, understood to be in his early 40s, was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary for treatment for suspected lower back injuries.

Julian Fitzwilliam, of nearby Goodison Boulevard, said: “When I saw it, the road had been cordoned off by the police and there were three fire engines there. I just hope the man is all right.”

Council workmen worked through Wednesday night to repair the damage caused by the wind, including 80 trees that were blown down in the gale.

They were also called out to attend to debris falling from several ‘dangerous structures’ across Doncaster including the old sorting office on West Street and Waterdale restaurant, Opera Italian, due to falling roof tiles.

Gill Gillies, Assistant Director of Environment, said: “If anyone spots a problem it is important that they report it to us by calling 01302 736000.”

Duke Street, in the town centre, was sealed off around 6pm when a window of the former TJ Hughes store blew in.

Edlington Leisure Centre was also hit by the high winds, causing it to close yesterday with no current update on when it is likely to reopen.

Michael Hart, chief executive of Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust, which manages Edlington Leisure Centre, said: “Unfortunately the strong winds which hit the region yesterday (February 12) caused damage to one of our sites.

“Damage to panels at Edlington Leisure Centre is being assessed and has meant that the site is closed.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause to our customers and we are working to rectify the problem as soon as possible.

“Customers are able to use any of our other sites during this period.”

Arksey Primary School was also closed yesterday because of wind damage to its roof. It was due to re-open today.

And scores of commuters were left stranded just outside Doncaster on Wednesday night at around 5.45pm, after two trees fell on the East Coast service from Leeds, bringing down overhead power lines.

Additionally, at 7.30pm that evening a truck was blown over near Doncaster services on the M180.

People travelling across the region were also affected on Thursday morning, due to the closure of the A1(M) because of an overturned lorry.

The region is now set to brace itself for more extreme weather, after the Met Office has given South Yorkshire a yellow weather warning for snow.