CLEAN UP: East Lancashire recovers from gale force winds

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  • 900 homes without power across Lancashire this morning following yesterday's gales.
  • Fire service called to property in Burnley after front of house caves in.
  • Reports of trees falling into roads in Brandy House Brow in Blackburn, Littlemoor Road in Clitheroe, Accrington Road near Whalley, and the B6243 at Great Mitton.
  • Highways teams put on standby to remove obstacles such as fallen trees

5:57pm

SUPPLY teacher Amber Davies said she was ‘lucky to be alive’ after a huge tree fell on her Nissan Micra as she drove home through Clayton-le-Moors on Wednesday night.

Chorley Citizen:

The 22-year-old was travelling home to Great Harwood at 11.30pm when she suddenly noticed a tree falling on Blackburn Road, near the Dunkenhalgh Hotel.

She said: “It was really dark and happened very quickly, but I suddenly saw this huge tree falling. I slammed on my brakes and skidded a bit and the tree just crashed on to my bonnet.

“It smashed the windscreen as well, but I’m so lucky it didn’t land on the roof. I feel unlucky that it happened but very lucky to be alive.

“I’ve just come away with bruising from my airbag and was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital to be checked over. My car is obviously a write-off so I’ll have to see about the insurance.”

Amber also works at the McDonald’s outlet at Whitebirk roundabout in Blackburn, and had been driving back from an evening shift.

5:43pm

Hall Street in Blackburn has been reopened after debris was removed from the road. Fencing had been damaged in the strong winds.

 

4:46pm

NORTH WEST ENGLAND

 

Turning wet and windy through Friday with hill snow.

This Evening and Tonight:
Showers, wintry in places, will gradually clear and winds will ease giving allowing clearer intervals and temperatures to fall. Patchy frost is possible in places by morning along with a risk of ice in many areas. Minimum Temperature 0 °C.

Friday:
Dry and bright for much of the morning but cloud will increase from the south bringing rain and strong winds by midday. Hill snow is likely, with some accumulations. Maximum Temperature 6 °C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:
Strong winds and rain will slowly ease on Saturday, leaving a mostly dry and bright day on Sunday with much lighter winds. More rain is expected on Monday.

3:50pm

3:40pm

The AA is encouraging drivers to use their car radio’s traffic announcement (TA) function to help minimise disruption to their journeys as a “multi-pronged attack” of rain, snow and wind is set to affect drivers tomorrow.

 

Darron Burness, head of the AA’s flood rescue team, said: “Today has brought some temporary respite from the repeated body blows inflicted by the weather but, with the Met Office warning of a ‘multi-pronged attack’, drivers will need to be on their toes to avoid a sucker punch.

“Allow extra time for tomorrow’s commute as road conditions are going to be pretty horrible at times with more wind and heavy rain, and risk of snow and ice further north. Use your car radio’s traffic announcement or TA function to keep up to speed with any delays and road closures.

“Visibility will again be an issue with so much surface spray, so use dipped headlights, keep your speed down and maintain a larger gap between you and the vehicle in front.

“Conditions over the weekend aren’t looking much better when more people are likely to be driving for half-term. Regardless of how far you’re travelling, if road conditions are bad, stick to the main routes where possible and carry a map or sat-nav in case of diversions. And don’t risk becoming a flood water statistic.”

3:33pm

Firefighters in Blackburn said they were kept busy with last night's storm.

At 5.45pm, crews were called to Tenby Close where scaffolding planks were waving dangerously in the strong winds. Firefighters put the planks back into a safe position.
Just 15 minutes later, they took down at advertising board in Accrington Road that had worked itself loose.
At 6.40pm, crews removed a slate hanging precariously over a public footpath in Johnstone Street, and half an hour later secured some more loose scaffolding in Stonyhurst Road.

3:18pm

Firefighters at Blackburn haven’t been called out to anything weather related today but they were kept busy across the town last night.

At 5.45pm, crews were called to Tenby Close where scaffolding planks were waving dangerously in the strong winds.

Firefighters put the planks back into a safe position.

Just 15 minutes later, they took down at advertising board in Accrington Road that had worked itself loose.

At 6.40pm, crews removed a slate hanging precariously over a public footpath in Johnstone Street, and half an hour later secured some more loose scaffolding in Stonyhurst Road.

2:56pm

2:56pm

Hall Street in Blackburn has been closed both ways from Rockfield Street to Bolton Road. Debris from damaged street fencing is littered across the road.

2:43pm

Engineers are still working to return power to around 900 customers across Lancashire whose properties were hit by last night's storm. Homes in Clitheroe, Burnley and Padiham have all been affected.

1:50pm

Hall Street in Blackburn closed both ways due to debris on road from Rockfield Street to A666 Bolton Road. Street fencing has been damaged in the strong winds. Traffic is said to be coping well.

1:32pm

MET OFFICE: An area of rain, sleet and hill snow will move east across southern Scotland and northern England during the afternoon, turning more showery before clearing through the evening.

Most settling snow is likely above 300 metres, where 2-5 cm is possible in places.

The public should be aware of the risk of disruption to travel on some of the higher level routes, where ice will be additional hazard later in the evening.

1:18pm

1:17pm

1:17pm

PEOPLE in East Lancashire are bracing themselves for even more severe weather as they clean up after last night’s storms.

Chorley Citizen:

A yellow warning has been issued for snow tomorrow afternoon across the area by the Met Office.

Around 900 homes were left without power after gusting wind reached speeds of 70mph last night, with fallen trees blocking roads, buildings damaged and travel badly affected.

12:58pm

MORE than 900 homes are still without power across Lancashire this morning following yesterday's gales.

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Engineers have been called out to several sites to try and reconnect customers.

In East Lancashire, areas affected include Clitheroe, Burnley and Padiham.

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4:59pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Jack Wallhurst says...

Dear LT never mind about reporting routine Winter events. How about publicising the acquittal at Brunley Crown Court today on all charges of two men whose pictures you earlier published under lurid headlines?
The Burnley Express already has it on their website!
Dear LT never mind about reporting routine Winter events. How about publicising the acquittal at Brunley Crown Court today on all charges of two men whose pictures you earlier published under lurid headlines? The Burnley Express already has it on their website! Jack Wallhurst

5:44pm Thu 13 Feb 14

phil kernot says...

I just love this bad weather ;)
I just love this bad weather ;) phil kernot

4:20pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Stone Island: says...

phil kernot wrote:
I just love this bad weather ;)
Well you would. You are most probably a builder charging exorbitant amounts of money, to repair any damage caused by this bad weather.
[quote][p][bold]phil kernot[/bold] wrote: I just love this bad weather ;)[/p][/quote]Well you would. You are most probably a builder charging exorbitant amounts of money, to repair any damage caused by this bad weather. Stone Island:

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