Storm Barney causes delays and power cut in Royston and district

Storm Barney caused disruption on the A505.

Storm Barney caused disruption on the A505. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A storm which ripped through Crow country on Tuesday at a speed of 60mph caused the closure of a lane on a busy A road.

The Royston Road stretch of the A505 was closed for hours – causing major disruption for road users who were diverted through Baldock – due to a fallen tree.

Both Herts and Cambs were buffeted by strong winds as Storm Barney hit the area, with the Met Office issuing a weather warning for the eastern region.

The storm caused shock waves in the area. We Love Royston tweeted: “Sounds like #StormBarney is here. Batten down the hatches #Royston!”

Carole Tidiman-Hall, 70, was left without power in her Reed home from about 8.30pm on Tuesday until the Crow went to press the following day.

She said: “I keep phoning UK Power. I am classed as a vulnerable person because of my angina. I can’t watch the television or make a cup of tea.”

Barney – which reached speeds of up to 85mph in some areas of the country – is the second storm considered strong enough to be given a name under a new system introduced by the Met Office, coming hot on the heels of Storm Abigail last week.