The aftermath of the storm

A major clear up operation is underway after the North West was battered by gale force winds.

At its peak about 11 thousand homes lost power supplies and Greater Manchester Police took more than one thousand calls.

Dozens of trees blew over with some crashing through homes and on to cars. A man died this morning in Cheshire after he swerved to avoid a fallen tree.

And in Old Trafford, dozens of people were trapped in their homes when part of an apartment block collapsed.

Rob Smith reports.

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Severe weather batters the North West and IOM

Emergency crews have responded to hundreds of calls as gales of up to 90 miles an hour battered the region.