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Damage as high winds hit Morecambe and Lancaster

The scene on Lines Street in Morecambe on Thursday morning. The road was closed due to roof tiles in the road.

The scene on Lines Street in Morecambe on Thursday morning. The road was closed due to roof tiles in the road.

High winds pummelled the Lancaster and Morecambe district causing widespread damage and a busy night for emergency services.

The Met Office issued its highest weather warning – red – for Lancashire as gales of up to 100mph and heavy rain battered the county on Wednesday night.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue has had one of its busiest evenings for several years answering just over 300 calls.

Most of these did not have large scale damage and no rescues were needed.

Crews attended over 100 incidents including 77 unsafe structures including chimney stacks, lost tiles, guttering, signage and falling debris.

Police were called out to 63 incidents in the region.

The M6 was closed between junctions 33 and 32 due to two lorries blowing over.

A Morecambe man who was driving on the motorway in the gales on Wednesday night at 7pm said: “It was pretty horrendous.”

Ferry crossings between Heysham and the Isle of Man were cancelled.

Trains were suspended between Lancaster and Preston because of fallen trees on the line.

The Leeds to Morecambe service which was due at 7pm last night (Wednesday) had to terminate at Carnforth due to the severe weather.

Central Morecambe took the worst of the gales between 6pm and 10pm on Wednesday.

Lines Street in Morecambe town centre was taped off by police due to roof tiles in the road.

The top frontage of an empty block of flats on Woborrow Road in Heysham village was severely damaged with windows blown out. Police were still on site on Thurday morning.

Two trees were blown over on Oxcliffe Road causing the road to be blocked. A tree was also toppled on Torrisholme Road in Lancaster and another tree fell outside Wennington Hall near Lancaster.

Flood alerts were in place last night (Wednesday) during high tide at Morecambe, Heysham, Glasson Dock, Sunderland Point, North Morecambe Bay, the Lune Estuary and Carnforth.

Sandylands primary school closed earlier than usual on Wednesday because of the bad weather.

The forecast in Morecambe today (Thursday) was much better, with winds dying down and dry weather predicted.

 

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