The tail end of hurricane Gonzalo has whipped Lancashire with winds of up to 70mph.
The stormy conditions caused a range of problems across the county yesterday, including causing a large tree to fall on a car in Leyland.
Emergency services were called to Stanifield Lane in Farington at 12.50pm after receiving reports that a man in his 70s was trapped in his blue Ford Mondeo.
Fire crews had to use hydraulic cutting equipment to free the man, who was taken to Royal Preston Hospital.
It is thought he suffered a head injury and was complaining of lower back pain, but it is not known how serious his condition is.
The road remained closed for several hours as the tree blocked both sides of the road, and traffic built up around Leyland, Bamber Bridge and Lostock Hall.
Staff at the RSPCA centre in Ribbleton were forced to send out an urgent appeal for a roofer, after large plastic sheets above the dog kennels began flying off in high winds.
Manager John Wareing said: “It’s a scary place today and feel so sad for the dogs who are scared of all this.”
Drivers were also warned to take care. The North West Motorway Police reported debris flying around on the region’s network, including road signs at junction 32 of the M6 and barrels around junction 2 of the M67.
Today, MET office experts predict that winds will be lighter but still “breezy”, and clouds will spread across the region, bringing rain. The temperature will be milder than yesterday, with a maximum temperature of 13 °C.
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