Lancashire homes without power after gales hit again

The stormy sea at Morecambe recently.
The stormy sea at Morecambe recently.

Engineers are trying to restore power to hundreds of homes across Lancashire and Cumbria after gale force winds hit the region again.

At the height of the disruption last night, 3,500 homes were affected across the two counties.

Homes in Halton were plunged into darkness for around seven hours.

This morning, Electricity North West said 490 properties were still without power in Lancashire and a further 241 in Cumbria.

The main areas affected in Lancashire are Ribblesdale and Bowland.

Power lines have come down in some areas.

A flood alert was issued by the Environment Agency for the Morecambe Bay coast last night as the strong winds combined with a midnight high tide to increase the risk. It has since been lifted.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said they were only made aware of one weather-related incident.

They were called at 7.09pm after a tree fell on Foundry Lane in Halton.

Crews did not attend and the obstruction was cleared by highways authorities.

In Cumbria, a lorry overturned on the M6 southbound between junction 38 at Tebay and junction 37 at Kendal at around 8pm.

All three lanes were blocked for a time but one lane has since re-opened and traffic can also pass on the hard shoulder while the vehicle and its load is recovered.

Heavy rain and strong winds are predicted to lash Lancashire throughout the weekend.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather alert, which warns the public to prepare for potential disruption, for much of the North West.

Forecasters have put the warning in place from 3pm on Friday until 3pm on Saturday, December 21.

The chief forecaster’s summary, published on the Met Office website, said: “An area of heavy rain along with strong to gale force winds, is expected to cross the UK from Friday afternoon and through Saturday morning.

“This will bring some locally large accumulations, particularly on hills, and following previous wet weather is likely to lead to some localised flooding across western parts of Scotland, Wales and England.

“The public should be aware of the potential for disruption from flooding and keep up to date with latest forecasts and warnings from the Met Office, Environment Agency and Scottish Environment Protection Agency.”

The warning also affects Cumbria with forecasters predicting a wet Christmas.