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Storm Gertrude Tries Its Very Best To Blow ITV Weather Report Laura Tobin Down Blackpool Beach

29/01/2016 13:04 GMT | Updated 29/01/2016 13:59 GMT

A weather presenter has bravely battled against the wrath of Storm Gertrude during a live report, continuing her live report despite being pushed around by gale-force winds.

Laura Tobin warned viewers to stay at home, but didn't let it get the better of her, as she was pushed across Blackpool beach during her ITV report on the extreme weather sweeping the British Isles.

The 34-year-old was amid the chaos which has seen winds of more than 90mph, leaving thousands of homes without power, buildings damaged and transport disrupted.

Many others have proved that the winds can't stop them having a sense of humour, with Tobin leading the charge:

Gusts of 91mph have been recorded in South Uist, while Inverbervie in Aberdeenshire and Orlock Head in Northern Ireland were hit by winds of 79mph.

Speeds are expected to reach around 65mph in the Borders and the North East of England later in the day and pushing 80mph in North Yorkshire.

People have also been sharing pictures of the damage:

More than 10,000 homes have been left without power in Scotland and Northern Ireland with Scottish Hydro saying repairs in Aberdeenshire, Perthshire and the Western Isles are dependant on the weather.

Fallen trees are affecting many routes across Scotland with the Forth, Tay and Kessock bridges closed for a time. A number of lorries and large vehicles have toppled over in the winds, with one incident on the M9 near Dunblane.

A landslip on the A82 at Letter Finlay caused a 150-mile diversion for journeys between Fort William and Inverness before it was cleared.

Prime Minister David Cameron was caught up in the disruption on his way to Belgium for EU talks.

Speaking on BBC Good Morning Scotland, he said: "My first challenge is to get to Brussels as with hurricane Gertrude I've already had a flight problem so I'm racing across Scotland at the moment to get to Edinburgh Airport but I hope I will make it."

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