SCARBOROUGH took a battering from high winds and heavy rain – just a week after temperatures soared to summer figures.
The stark contrast was at its peak on Tuesday night, when gale-force winds brought down a large tree in Columbus Ravine.
Police were called to the incident at 9.30pm as the tree was completely blocking the road. Luckily no-one was hurt and no vehicles were damaged.
A section of North Marine Road between Trafalgar Square and Woodall Avenue was closed off after the wind blew down building site hoardings at the former Cricketers pub.
Businesses affected by the stormy conditions included the Miltary Adventure Park in North Bay, which suffered flooding in a brand new building.
Owner David Hooper is now hoping he will still be able to open on Good Friday as planned for the Easter weekend.
He said: “We were just finishing off the building and hadn’t put the guttering on yet.
“The rain got in and there’s a mini moat round the building now.
“The lads said they’ll work through the night to put it right. It’s caused a lot of stress.”
In nearby Ryedale snowfall stranded campers in Marfit, Pickering, and in Whitby power was lost to hundreds of homes.
Filey coastguard were called out during the night following a call from campers at Reighton Gap who feared for their safety.
A spokesman said: “They pitched their tent on the cliff edge, but fortunately were not in any major danger – though it was a particularly hairy night to be in a tent.
“The coastguard went and made some checks, but everything was OK.”
Whitby bore the brunt of the weather, with a major power cut leaving thousands of homes and businesses without electricity.
Power was restored gradually throughout yesterday, with Whitby Leisure Centre opening again to the public around lunchtime.
Scarborough escaped heavy snowfall, which came down thick and fast across the moors. There were reports of snowdrifts a metre deep near Blakey Ridge.
The low temperatures are expected to last into the weekend.