A66 reopens as Met Office issues weather warning

The Met Office weather warning covers much of the country.

The A66 trans-Pennine route has reopend this morning after being closed overnight when two HGVs blew over.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for most of the country as Storm Diana brings heavy rain and winds which could reach up to 80mph.

The warning will remain in place until 2pm this afternoon.

Polic shut the A66 between Stainmore and Penrith after two HGVs overturned in Cumbria.

Cumbria Police said it was waiting until daylight to assess how to remove the vehicles.

The road remains closed to high-sided vehicles.

The Met Office said a weather system will move northeastwards across the UK on Thursday bringing widespread strong winds.

A spokesperson added: “Inland gusts of 50 mph are likely with gusts of around 65 mph in exposed locations around Wales and western England.

“There remains a very small chance that this system will intensify as it moves northeastwards bringing even stronger winds to southwest England, Wales and on into northern England and southeast Scotland.

“If this occurs, gusts of 70-80 mph could be seen, mainly in exposed locations.

“In either case, winds will moderate by late morning across western England and Wales, then by mid afternoon across northern England and southeast Scotland.”