Strong winds batter East Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph: A fallen tree causes delays in Haslingden A fallen tree causes delays in Haslingden

STRONG winds have hit East Lancashire amid warnings of further severe gales to come.

Forecasters have issued an ‘amber’, ‘be prepared’ warning with wind gusts in excess of 80mph expected.

Speed restictions of 50mph were imposed on part of the M6 in Lancashire this morning.

Steve Willington, the Met Offce’s chief forecaster, said: “A rapidly deepening Atlantic depression was forecast to move east to the north of Scotland during last night and this morning.

“This will bring westerly gales to northern and some central parts of the UK, which will veer northerly and temporarily bring much colder arctic air southwards across northern areas before easing into Friday."

The 50mph speed limit is in place along the M6 in Lancashire, both ways between the M55 at junction 32 and junction 27 for Standish.

Road users are being advised to check the weather forecast and road conditions before they travel.

The Highways Agency has issued a severe weather alert for high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and other vulnerable road users, which are advised to take extra care when travelling.

A lorry has overturned on the M66. The motorway has been closed between junction J1 and the A56 as motorway police clear the vehicle.

Drivers are reporting long tailbacks.

Network Rail has also set speed restrictions due to the strong winds and rail delays are expected.

The winds are believed to have caused a building to partially collapse in Burnley.

Firefighters were called to Pritchard Street at around noon today to help make the site safe.
Burnley Council’s building control team were on site.

Elsewhere, 560 properties in Langho have lost power this afternoon.

A spokeswoman for Electricity North West said the power had failed at around noon due to a fault with the overhead lines.

Engineers are on site and working to fix the issue.

Residents in Whalley are also experiencing problems, although it is not yet certain how many homes have been left without electricity.

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9:28am Thu 5 Dec 13

izzitbecaseeamblack says...

What a disaster barriers blown down
What a disaster barriers blown down izzitbecaseeamblack

1:29pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Stone Island: says...

Just been for a walk on the banks of the River Ribble. It's a bit breezy!
Just been for a walk on the banks of the River Ribble. It's a bit breezy! Stone Island:

1:57pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Stone Island: says...

I think I'll do my gutters later.
I think I'll do my gutters later. Stone Island:

2:33pm Thu 5 Dec 13

woolywords says...

Here in Blackburn, it's a good stiff breeze, ideal for drying and so I pegged my washing out.
My mate in Great Harwood took it in for me, as it was passing!
Here in Blackburn, it's a good stiff breeze, ideal for drying and so I pegged my washing out. My mate in Great Harwood took it in for me, as it was passing! woolywords

2:48pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Stone Island: says...

woolywords wrote:
Here in Blackburn, it's a good stiff breeze, ideal for drying and so I pegged my washing out.
My mate in Great Harwood took it in for me, as it was passing!
Ha ha.
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: Here in Blackburn, it's a good stiff breeze, ideal for drying and so I pegged my washing out. My mate in Great Harwood took it in for me, as it was passing![/p][/quote]Ha ha. Stone Island:

3:54pm Thu 5 Dec 13

gcygnus says...

I love the photos of all the people with strong wind.
I love the photos of all the people with strong wind. gcygnus

4:05pm Thu 5 Dec 13

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

Stone Island: wrote:
Just been for a walk on the banks of the River Ribble. It's a bit breezy!
Don't get blown off whatever you do !!!
[quote][p][bold]Stone Island:[/bold] wrote: Just been for a walk on the banks of the River Ribble. It's a bit breezy![/p][/quote]Don't get blown off whatever you do !!! You're not mugging me off that easily

4:35pm Thu 5 Dec 13

rumblesteveskin says...

those pictures at the top are of people in coats and jackets doing what you normally do on a winters day in Lancashire!
those pictures at the top are of people in coats and jackets doing what you normally do on a winters day in Lancashire! rumblesteveskin

5:20pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Stone Island: says...

You're not mugging me off that easily wrote:
Stone Island: wrote:
Just been for a walk on the banks of the River Ribble. It's a bit breezy!
Don't get blown off whatever you do !!!
I was hoping to get blown off at some stage today, Mr Cod. No such luck up to now though.
[quote][p][bold]You're not mugging me off that easily[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stone Island:[/bold] wrote: Just been for a walk on the banks of the River Ribble. It's a bit breezy![/p][/quote]Don't get blown off whatever you do !!![/p][/quote]I was hoping to get blown off at some stage today, Mr Cod. No such luck up to now though. Stone Island:

6:05pm Thu 5 Dec 13

CapitaBackHander says...

gcygnus wrote:
I love the photos of all the people with strong wind.
"Go out and get some photos of the wind", "ok boss" returns. "What do you think of these?", "They are pathetic BUT that is five people and their relatives who may purchase the photos. Well done"
[quote][p][bold]gcygnus[/bold] wrote: I love the photos of all the people with strong wind.[/p][/quote]"Go out and get some photos of the wind", "ok boss" returns. "What do you think of these?", "They are pathetic BUT that is five people and their relatives who may purchase the photos. Well done" CapitaBackHander

8:07pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Boris Bear says...

This report is well down to your usual standard LT, the photos of people wearing coats with the hoods up are just amazing.
This report is well down to your usual standard LT, the photos of people wearing coats with the hoods up are just amazing. Boris Bear

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