All Virgin Trains services were suspended north of Preston and an amber weather warning was issued by the Met Office as severe gales and rain battered the region.
Gusts in excess of 80mph were recorded in the North West and drivers across the county were warned of hazardous driving conditions when the dramatic weather caused widespread disruption on the road network.
A large tree fell tree in Hoghton, Preston, blocking the main Preston to Blackburn Road just past the end of the Hoghton Tower drive while another tree fell blocking Lea Lane outside the Sitting Goose Hotel in Lower Bartle, closing the road for 90 minutes.
And firefighters were called to an incident at Whitby Place, Ingol, when a tree fell onto a car just after 12pm on Thursday.
Highways Agency Traffic Officers and contractors and emergency services had to deal with overturned lorries at nine locations and a HGV overturning at Barton bridge along the M60 in Greater Manchester - closing lanes two and three of the clockwise carriageway of the motorway at 10.45am on Thursday.
Meanwhile the Met Office issued a flood warning for Riverside Road in the lower Penwortham area, as the Ribble Estuary threatened to burst its banks.
A spokesman said: “Strong winds and storm surge will coincide with the high tide resulting in large waves and high water levels.
“Flood levels are expected to be higher than they were in march 2008 when some minor flooding occured in Penwortham.
They added: “This warning will remain in force for this tide only as subsequent high tides are not expected to cause flooding.”
One reader sent us a picture of a fallen tree in Greenbank Street (pictured above), and another reader tweeted us this image showing the high water levels at Avenham Park.