Cumbria and the Isle of Man are expected to be the worst affected areas this weekend as gusts 50-70mph push in from the west on Saturday.
Cloudy with outbreaks of rain for Friday, gradually improving. Gales for the weekend, especially in the west.
Strong to gale force winds to our region over the weekend. Unsettled and windy outlook for the week ahead.
At the new moon the tide is at its maximum range. The daily high tide combined with today's strong north westerly winds pushed water down the Irish sea causing waves to pile over sea walls. Winds ease later but Wirral, Blackpool,Southport coasts will see large waves around midnight at next high tide
Ice is expected to form from late Thursday afternoon with temperatures across the road network likely to fall below freezing.
Showers will keep the road network wet in places through the areas highlighted, and with the cold air, temperatures will fall off quickly this evening
A56 Deansgate has been closed due to unsafe building between A34 Bridge Street and St Mary's Street / St Ann Street.
Debris is coming off the roof of Waterstones. The road has been closed for safety.
A driver has made a miraculous escape after a 70ft tree crashed into his windscreen in Manchester.
The driver, who just suffered cuts and bruises, had already escaped the van before firefighters arrived at the scene in Longsight this morning.
A Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “He was very lucky to escape with just cuts and bruises.
"We are expecting high winds throughout the day and are asking motorists to take extra care on the roads.”