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The North East Christmas trees that have been felled by Storm Arwen

Storm Arwen has battered the North East with strong winds that caused travel chaos, destroyed homes and felled Christmas trees

A clean-up operation is underway across the North East after Storm Arwen left a trail of destruction in its wake.

The region was issued with a rare red weather warning for wind by the Met Office on Friday night which saw winds reach up to 98mph in some parts of Northumberland.

Strong winds continued throughout Saturday and a yellow weather warning for ice was put in place overnight and into Sunday morning.

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Many homes and properties suffered extensive damage as a result of the strong winds.

Crimdon Dene Holiday Park was evacuated after the storm caused devastation to a number of caravans and led to one worker being taken to hospital.

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A garage roof was blown away at a property in Tynemouth and on Grosvenor Drive in Whitley Bay, two separate incidents saw trees uprooted and fall on houses.

Christmas trees were also unable to withstand the severe weather, with winds felling a number of trees in the region.

The tree outside of Newcastle Civic Centre was seen lying on its side on Sunday morning and the tree on Seaham's seafront has also fallen down.

It comes after the annual Seaham Christmas Parade, organised by Seaham Town Council, was cancelled on November 26 because of the storm.

Take a look through our gallery to see the damage.

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