Fire crews in Greater Manchester say they got over 230 calls last night. They came between 5pm and 7pm as people battled against the stormy weather. Among reports of loose tiles and chimney stacks there have also been some lucky escapes.
A tree came down on a car in Broadoak Road, Ashton, where passers-by helped the driver out. In Woodhouse Lane, Wythenshawe, a tree came down in the garden of a house trapping the family inside.
– Area Manager Warren Pickstone
I'd like to thank everyone for their help as we deal with these weather related incidents."Our fire crews, officers and control room staff - along with other emergency services and partner organisations - are doing everything they can to keep the community safe."
Police officers from Greater Manchester Police took more than 1,700 calls in seven hours yesterday during the storm and gale conditions. Road closures were enforced across the area and a match at Manchester City FC's Ethiad stadium was cancelled.
Yesterday was a very challenging day for everyone in Greater Manchester - including ourselves as police officers, other emergency services and not least the people living and working in Manchester who were caught up in the gale force winds that hit the region.
As a result, we saw a large surge in the number of 999 and 101 calls made to Greater Manchester Police asking for our assistance in dealing with weather-related incidents.
Greater Manchester Police have paid tribute to the officers and staff who worked through the night to help people in the storms.
Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan said:
"Yesterday was a very challenging day for everyone in Greater Manchester - including ourselves as police officers, other emergency services and not least the people living and working in Manchester who were caught up in the gale force winds that hit the region."
"I would [...] like to pay tribute to the officers and staff from all the emergency services who worked tirelessly throughout the evening"
"While the weather is expected to be better today, I would urge motorists in Manchester to take extra care while driving until the adverse conditions completely subside."
Around 2,500 homes and businesses are still without power after trees and debris were blown on to power lines in last night's storm.
Electricity North West say they have now restored power to 17,000 homes.
In last night's stormy weather, a lorry was blown on top of a car on the M60, at junction 24.
The car's owner, Andrew Elliott, has sent in these dramatic pictures.
Andrew told us he managed to climb out of the window and escaped with minor injuries.
Lancashire Police were forced to close the Prom at Blackpool because of safety fears.
The high tide and strong winds meant it was too dangerous to stay open.
Amy Welch was in the resort as the storm developed.
Engineers will be working overnight to restore routes as quickly as possible, however, due to the extent of damage the following lines will not reopen tomorrow morning:
· Manchester Piccadilly – Styal
· Leeds – Doncaster
· Cumbrian Coast – sea defences breached at Parton
Winds of up to 90 mile an hour have brought many parts of the north west to a standstill.
Major Roads and public transport have been been affected by what's being described as one of the worst storms ever to hit the region.
Trees have been uprooted and debris has crushed cars.
Elaine Willcox reports:-
Blackpool promenade is closed. Police say it is too dangerous. http://t.co/L2QMazSjwv
Officers attended over 100 incidents including 77 unsafe structures including chimney stacks, lost tiles, guttering, signage and falling debris. We also attended two road traffic collisions on the M55 including an overturned HGV.
– Michael Barke, Lancashire Fire and Rescue
“A red alert for weather is extremely unusual and this event certainly posed a high risk of damage to property and threat to public safety. Thankfully the very strong winds have not resulted in any one significant incident. However, there will be a lot of debris and fallen trees on the roads and a lot of damage to house roofs, fences and outbuildings such as timber sheds. We ask that people who are travelling on the roads tonight and tomorrow morning to take extra care slow down and be aware of the risk of debris and potential ice on the roads.
The fire service says their work won’t stop tonight and they're now preparing to deal with any calls for help with damage that will become apparent in daylight tomorrow.