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Heavy winds return to East Lancashire
Updated 4:32pm Friday 27th December 2013 in News
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- A very windy day with widespread gales, severe at times
- The Met Office issues an amber "be prepared" warning of gusts up to 80mph in north Wales and northern England.
- Blackburn homes escape major damage after large tree blown over during stormy weather last night
- Remaining windy tonight with further occasionally heavy showers, but also some clear periods.
This Evening and Tonight: Winds will gradually ease across southern parts of the UK but it will stay windy further north. Scattered showers will continue, mainly in the north and west. Cold under clearer skies in southern and eastern areas.Met Office
Tomorrow: A bright day with sunny spells, but showers at times, perhaps heavy and turning wintry over the hills. Turning cold later. Maximum temperature 7 °C.Met Office
AN Accrington road is closed after a section of roof was blown off a health centre.
Lonsdale Street was blocked off by contractors and the fire service, who feared the remaining roof, at Hyndburn Medical Centre, could also be blown off by the strong winds.
A 25ft section of tubular metal roofing is believed to have come away from the rest of the building at around 3.30am this morning, awakening residents with a ‘massive bang’.
Workers said they would erect scaffolding in a bid to secure the remaining roof.
Elsewhere, in Halifax Road, near Blackhouse Lane in Nelson, a dry stone wall collapsed into the road. A worried passerby called police, and said he was worried a car would strike it.
Haslingden Recycling Centre forced to close due to wind.
Tonight: Remaining windy with further occasionally heavy showers, but also some clear periods. Gales will slowly ease through the early hours. Minimum temperature 2 °C.Met Office
The wind is not letting up in Hyndburn...
RT @MikeMorrisonLT: Workers will try and secure the roof at Hyndburn Medical Centre. Lonsdale Road, #Accrington is closed. http://t.co/hBw4…— @lancstelegraph 27 December 2013
Wind damage to Hyndburn health centre... @ScottSlater
The MET Office has issued an amber weather warning across the north west. Amber means 'be prepared. Winds expected to peak at noon.— @MikeMorrisonLT 27 December 2013
A BLACKBURN man said scaffolding erected at his home saved it from serious damage.
Naser Hussain was at work when a tree crashed into his garden, in Crosshill Road, at around midnight during stormy weather.
The scaffolding had been put up while the home was being renovated.
Mr Hussain said: “If the scaffolding was not there, it would gone right on the house.”
Read the full story in tomorrow’s Lancashire Telegraph.
VIDEO: Crosshill Road, Blackburn. Lucky escape for a resident who moved in just a few days ago.
@lancstelegraph VERY WINDY IN BURNLEY, LOOK AT MY RECYCLING SACK!!! http://t.co/yEvseVB4km— @NeilSledding 27 December 2013
Southeastern trains said it would not be running any services until further notice, while Virgin, East Coast and Southern trains also warned of travel disruption. There were also no trains from Manchester Piccadilly to Manchester Airport, or between Victoria to Gatwick Airport.Sky News
RT @metoffice: Good morning everyone. Jack here today. Very windy again with rain clearing in the SE but continuing in Northern parts - els…— @Calderdale 27 December 2013
RT @metofficeNWEng: Amber Warning of Wind for North West England : Blackpool, Cumbria & Lancashire valid from 0600 Fri 27 Dec to 1... http:…— @RKBroofing 27 December 2013
HOMES in a Blackburn street escaped major damage when a large tree was blown over during stormy weather last night.
The 50 feet tall tree was felled by heavy winds just after midnight in Crosshill Road, off Preston New Road.
It fell between two homes, blocking access and causing minor damage, crew manager at Blackburn Fire Station, Martin Dillon said.
Firefighters using saws, normally reserved for use in car accidents, cut the tree to make a path way for the residents, one of whom was believed to be disabled.
The tree was made safe, and reported to Blackburn with Darwen Council.
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