Town centre street sealed off and rail passengers stranded as gales batter Doncaster.

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A street in Doncaster town centre has been sealed off by police tonight after gale force winds put through the windows of a shop.

The closure of Duke Street comes as rail passengers contacted us to say that they have been left stranded onboard a train just outside Doncaster after two trees fell on their carriages.

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

Meanwhile scores of passengers on the 5.45pm East Coast service from Leeds have been stuck just outside Doncaster for several hours.

A passenger from Doncaster, who did not want to be named, said: “The train stopped because of signal problems then started quite a bit later.

“After about a couple of seconds of restarting it shuddered and stopped because of a falling tree. We were then told that the overhead power lines had come down.

“While we were waiting to get towed to Doncaster another tree fell on the train.

“Now we don’t know what’s happening or when we will restart our journey.”

National Rail Enquiries is asking people to check live departures because of delays.

Northern Powergrid has mobilised extra resources to deal with an anticipated increase in power cuts across Yorkshire as winds are expected to hit 70mph.

And motorists has been told to take care on the M18 and further afield there are closures on the M62.