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Weather warning causes potential travel problems

Tree fallen in Birchwood Avenue, Hutton, Preston

Tree fallen in Birchwood Avenue, Hutton, Preston

As thousands begin to get away in the annual Christmas rush this weekend, a yellow weather warning has been issued for Lancashire by the Met Office.

Electricity was knocked out in around 3,500 homes in the Lancashire and Cumbria when gale force winds battered the region earlier this week and with the strong winds come potential threats of snowy conditions threatening travel plans today and over the weekend.

Trees in Birchwood Avenue, Hutton, Preston, were felled and even a trampoline was uprooted onto a nearby house on Longridge Road, Grimsargh as the Met Office issued a severe weather warning for today and overnight.

Reader, Stephen Melling said: “A gust of wind tore our 14ft trampoline from its moorings, threw it over our garden, cleared the neighbour’s garden and deposited it 20ft high on the roof of next door but one, where it hangs upside down lodged in the tiles.

“It really is an shocking sight but by the grace of God and good fortune no one was hurt.”

A yellow warning for ice has been issued by the Met Office, urging people to be aware.

A spokesperson said: “A narrow band of heavy rain is expected to cross parts of England and Wales later on Thursday afternoon and into the evening.

“This has potential to turn to snow, primarily, but not exclusively, on high ground and with skies then clearing, this leads to a risk of ice on untreated surfaces.

“The public should be aware of the potential for some localised disruption to transport.”

The North West has also been put on flood alert as rain falls on already saturated ground.

 

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