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.
Due to falling masonry from St John's Plaza Lime Street will be closed at the junctions of London Road and Ranelegh Street, Elliott Street will also be closed.
After some of the worst weather in decades around the North West coast, the North Pier at Blackpool is badly damaged.
And the people of New Brighton in Wirral have another big clean up after winds and rain battered their area in the night.
The satellite image shows the area of low pressure rapidly deepening to the SW of the UK. It will track up across England and Wales overnight bringing heavy rain and strong winds
There's been a violent end to our three week heatwave as the region was battered overnight by thunder storms. Train services out of Manchester's main railway station suffered major disruption after lightning hit the signalling system.
The roof of a church in Lancashire caved in when lightning struck.
The change in weather comes after the hottest temperatures in seven years - which peaked on Monday at 33.5C.
Our Correspondent Rachel Townsend reports:
Fire fighters across the North West are responding to floods caused by thunderstorms.
Several roads in Greater Manchester have been affected, while lightning strikes caused a house fire in Crosby and a power cut in the centre of Burnley.