PICTURES from across East Lancashire show the damage caused by storms Ali and Bronagh as they battered the county this week.

Road closures were put in place in some cases as police secured areas where hazardous flying debris and uprooted trees caused chaos.

At one point, two roads in Accrington were closed after the roof of the Al-Hamza restaurant collapsed.

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The roads were reopened a short while later after the police had secured the area.

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In Blackburn, Moeid Malik and Lukhmaan Dar discovered a tree which had been completley uprooted thanks to the gale force winds, which were thought to have reached around 50mph.

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Another photograph, sent in by Gary Dobson, shows a tree lying across Chapels, in Darwen. 

He said: "This tree fell down overnight by the winds on Chapels across from the Punch Hotel.

"This shows the potential of trees coming down and the need for them to be maintained."

East Lancs storm damage - September 2018

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He went on to say that the general maintenance of trees in the area is not good enough. 

He said: "Some trees are too high in a residential area and cause issues with the residents in the area, like leaves blocking gutters, slip hazards and the reduction sunlight in houses.

"A large tree branch on the same grounds on cotton hall street snapped off earlier in the year and just missed us when we were out walking the dogs, again trees not maintained properly.

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"The only maintenance that is carried out is low branches cut. These trees should be halved in size in this area."

Storm Bronagh, the second named storm of the season, came just days after two people were killed during the Storm Ali elsewhere in the country.

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The Met Office and Met Eireann named the low pressure system Storm Bronagh and said injuries and danger to life from flying debris was possible. 

Despite calmer weather throughout Saturday, a yellow weather warning has now been put in place in the North West for Sunday by the Met Office.

A spokesperson said: "A spell of persistent and at times heavy rain is likely on Sunday.

"Spray and flooding on roads probably making for difficult driving conditions and longer journey times.

"Bus and train services probably affected with some journey times taking longer.

"Flooding of a few homes and businesses is possible."

East Lancs storm damage - September 2018

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