Storm Doris: The Latest In The West Midlands

24 February 2017, 08:19 | Updated: 24 February 2017, 10:33

Storm Doris

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08.20 Blossomfield Road closed due to fallen tree between Widney Lane and Conway RoadDiversion - for bus routes 6 and 76.

08.16 Broad Street in Kidderminster still closed 

Broad Street in both directions closed due to unsafe building between Churchfields / Horse Fair and Clensmore Street / Stoney Lane.

07.05 Some London trains from Birmingham New Street cancelled this morning after Storm Doris caused overhead line problems.

Friday 06.00 Update from London Midland as train services continue to be hit by problems from Storm Doris:

"The Cross City Line from Lichfield to Redditch via Birmingham is expected to remain closed today (Friday 24 February) as a result of damage caused by Storm Doris. Bus replacement services will operate on parts of the route. There is also ticket acceptance on National Express West Midlands buses between Birmingham and Longbridge.

"The remainder of the London Midland network will be open today but passengers are advised to check before they travel. There will be some cancellations and some services will have fewer carriages as many trains were trapped overnight as a result of lines being closed by storm damage. "

17:00 Our reporter Laura Chiverton was at the scene of the tragedy in Wolverhampton

16:15 Statement from West Midlands Ambulance about a woman injured in Stourbridge

A woman has been taken to a major trauma centre after the 4×4 she was in rolled down an embankment into trees after a crash with another 4×4.

It happened on the A449 at Prestwood just before 1.30pm this afternoon, Thursday.

Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the critical care paramedics from the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire, who are responding on a car today, were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found one 4×4 with significant front end damage, but a second one down an embankment in trees after it had rolled over.

“The 67 year old woman driving the second vehicle had a fractured ankle and chest injuries.  Her condition was stabilised before she was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“There were two people in the other 4×4.  The driver, a 50 year old man was complaining of back pain and had multiple abrasions.  The 49 year old woman had seatbelt injuries.  Both were taken to Russells Hall Hospital.”


15:39 Most of the power has been restored to #Worcestershire but still problems in #Stafford which is unlikely to be back on until 1am

Sorry for the delay in restoring supplies in the #Stafford #ST15 area. We aim to restore all supplies by 01:00.

15:27 Severe problems with no trains in or out of Birmingham New Street station

14:25 West Midlands Police say they've had 3,500 calls with most about Storm Doris

14:08  More trees fall on roads and even into homes like this one in Kidderminster

13.17 The M5 is expected to remain partially blocked until this evening after a lorry overturned.

13.06 Update on the death in Wolverhampton from West Midlands Ambulance Service/;

A woman has died after a piece of debris fell onto the street in Wolverhampton.
West Midlands Ambulance Service received no fewer than 15 999 emergency calls at 11.43am this morning Thursday to Dudley Street outside Starbucks.
Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the critical care paramedics from the Midlands Air Ambulance in Staffordshire, who responded on a rapid response vehicle, were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a woman who had suffered very serious head injuries.
“Sadly, it quickly became apparent that there was nothing that could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.”

12.59 BREAKING: A woman has died after being hit by falling debris in Wolverhampton.

12.51 - Three fallen trees on the M6 between J12 and 13

12.40 West Midlands Ambulance Service have confirmed they are dealing with a serious incident in Wolverhampton city centre - the roads there remain closed to pedestrians and drivers because of concerns about an unsafe building.

12.38 11 flights have now been cancelled out of Birmingham Airport today

12.30 West Brom High Street is now closed because of falling debris


12.20 West Midlands Fire Service have given an update on Storm Doris

VIDEO update on #StormDoris from @SWMFireControl:

— West Midlands Fire (@WestMidsFire) February 23, 2017


12.05 - Two people hurt after a tree fell on a car on the A49 in Shropshire

WMAS: "Two men have been hurt after a tree came down on their car on a rural road. The incident happened on the A49 Just north of Church Stretton in Shropshire at about 9.30am on Thursday morning.

A paramedic area support officer, two ambulances, a MERIT Trauma doctor and the Hazardous Area Response Team were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a red Ford Focus that had a large tree lying across the bonnet of the car and the rest of the road. The front seat passenger, a man in his 80s, had suffered a laceration to his neck and was complaining of chest pain. He was assessed by the doctor who took the decision to take him to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital – the doctor travelled with the crew.

“His wife, who was a rear seat passenger in the car, also travelled to the same hospital though she was uninjured.

“The driver, a 75 year old man, had neck pain and seatbelt pain in his chest. He was assessed before being taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.”

12.01 More details about the road closures in Wolverhampton - this applies to pedestrians too.

11.50 Power cables have been brought down in Kinver

A 30ft tree has blown down and taking out power cables in Compton Garden, Kinver.

— Staffordshire Fire (@StaffsFire) February 23, 2017

11.45  Pedestrians and drievr told to AVOID Wolverhampton city centre as police close roads for safety reasons.


11.35 The M5 has an overturned lorry

M5 J9-8 northbound. Delays due to a HGV which has been blown over in the strong winds. L2&3 blocked.

— CMPG (@CMPG) February 23, 2017

11.26 Trains between Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham are cancelled

Trains from New Street to Sutton Coldfield will be cancelled for most of the day. Check with you train company before travel.

— West Midlands Fire (@WestMidsFire) February 23, 2017

11.04 M6 partly blocked

@highwaysWMIDS dealing with fallen tree on #M6 one lane blocked & queueing traffic NB bet J12 Gailey & J13 Stafford South #stormdoris

— Staffordshire Police (@StaffsPolice) February 23, 2017

11.00 Staffordshire Police say they are getting a very high number of calls

10.12 - A4601 closed

10.10 - A49 closed in Shropshire

10.03 Birmingham Airport say 4 flights have been cancelled today to Cork, Munich, Amsterdam and Dublin

10.00 - A roof has been badly damaged at Park Central in Birmingham


06.00 Highways Agency are warning drivers to take extra care on the roads today.

05.30 - The Met Office have an amber weather warning out for severe gales across the West Midlands with winds of up to 80 miles an hour.