Drivers were being warned to expect delays on some of the region’s roads due to the severe weather.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue said they had already been called out to an incident on Livesey Branch Road.

At 2.30pm today (Monday) firefighters used an axe and a saw to remove the tree from the footpath and make the area secure. Crews were in attendance for 15 minutes.

Electricity North West said 13 customers were affected by a power cut in the area too and 
the estimated time of restoration was 9pm.

The Blackburn with Darwen Roads teams said they were out dealing with several fallen trees across the borough, and working to minimise disruption during rush hour.

People were asked to allow extra time for travelling, reduce their speed and beware of debris on the roads.

On Eldon Road, the high winds had caused a tree to fall near the newly built Masjid-e-Irfan.

Cllr Hussain Akhtar said it was lucky no major damage was caused.

He said: "This happened around 4pm and it was a quieter time of day. Any later and there are children heading to the mosque.

"The council teams have attended quickly to make the area safe."

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In Accrington, Lancashire Fire and Rescue teams said one fire engine from Hyndburn and the ariel ladder platform attended an incident on Empress Street, Accrington.

The incident involved a collapsed wall of a domestic property under construction. Firefighters assisted in removing the debris and made the area safe, Crews were engaged for ten minutes.

In Blackpool, police said they were assisting the fire service dealing with debris in the road on the Promenade near Tower Dungeons.

A spokesperson said: "Please can you avoid the area if possible as it is a danger to the public due to metal sheets blowing onto the front."

An amber weather warning for wind – meaning buildings could be damaged and travel disruption was likely – remained in place for North West England.

The Met Office’s amber alert for North West England, covering coastal areas from Liverpool to Whitehaven.

Winds of 70-80mph were expected at the coast, with 60-65mph predicted for inland areas as Storm Debi moves from west to east, heading out into the North Sea this evening.

People were told to expect flying debris, tiles blown off roofs, road and bridge closures, public transport to be affected, possible power cuts and dangerous conditions by the sea.