Storm Franklin LIVE: Latest updates as very strong winds hit Preston, Blackpool, Burnley, Lancaster and across Lancashire on Monday

The third storm in less than a week continues to batter Lancashire with strong winds on Monday (February 21).
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The yellow warning for strong wind, which came into force on Sunday at 12pm and covers the entire county, is in place until 1pm on Monday.

We'll be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest from across Lancashire:

Storm Franklin - live updates as string winds batter Lancashire

Fleetwood High School to remain closed on Tuesday (February 22) after roof damaged by strong winds

Fleetwood High School in Broadway, Fleetwood will remain closed on Tuesday (February 21) after a section of roof was damaged by the strong winds.

In a text sent out to parents, a spokesman for Fleetwood High School: “Due to continued high winds and building damage, school will be closed tomorrow.

“We will keep you informed as updates are available.”

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Fleetwood High School

Blackpool Transports confirms all tram services have resumed after damaged overhead lines fixed

The decision to suspend the services on Friday (February 18) was made after transport chiefs agreed that it was “too dangerous to operate a safe service”.

The operator said it hoped to resume the service by 2pm on Friday, but Storm Eunice later brought strong gales and high tides to the Fylde coast.

But at around 2.30pm on Monday (February 21), Blackpool Transport confirmed all services were running again after damaged overhead had been fixed.

All tram services between Fleetwood and Starr Gate have resumed.All tram services between Fleetwood and Starr Gate have resumed.
All tram services between Fleetwood and Starr Gate have resumed.

Roof blown off house in Cleveleys as Storm Franklin batters Fylde Coast

A roof was blown off a home in Cleveleys after Storm Franklin battered the Fylde Coast yesterday (Sunday, February 20).

The huge section of what appears to be tar paper and wooden boards came crashing down after it was whipped off a three-storey home in Nutter Road.

One neighbour was alarmed to discover the roofing crumpled on the street below, just yards from where he had parked his car.

Pictures from the scene show the stricken roof, along with its chimneys and vents, after it crash landed in neighbouring St Andrew’s Court.

Fire crews attended to make the scene safe, but fortunately, no one was injured.

Police issue statement after lorry crash and fire on M6 near Chorley

A police spokesman said: “We were called at 4.51am today (February 21) to reports of a single-vehicle RTC involving a HGV on the northbound carriageway of the M6 at junction 27.

“Emergency services attended and found the vehicle had caught fire.

“The driver of the HGV was already out of the vehicle when emergency services arrived.

“He has been taken to hospital with head injuries and we wish him a speedy recovery.

“A full motorway closure was initially put in place.

“The southbound carriageway has since re-opened.

“The northbound carriageway remains closed at this time.

“Anyone with information or dashcam footage can email [email protected] or call 101, quoting log 0152 of February 21, 2022.”

House wall collapses in Chorley

The wall of a house has collapsed in Chorley this morning.

The house at the corner of Carrington Road and Avondale Rhad been undergoing building work and had scaffolding erected at the front.

But savage winds from Storm Franklin has nearly toppled the scaffolding and caused the gable end to come crashing down to the street.

No-one is believed to have been injured in the collapse.

M60 Barton Bridge closed after lorry crashes into barriers near Trafford Centre

Barton Bridge on the M60 near the Trafford Centre is closed with long delays due to recovery work and emergency barrier repairs after a lorry crash this morning.

The motorway is closed between junction 9 (Trafford Park) and junction 11 (A57 Liverpool Road, Barton).

Congestion is back to J7 (Stretford).

Also through Eccles and Worsley as drivers seeks alternative routes.

The lorry was removed around 10.10am.


Traffic to follow the Solid Square symbol heading Clockwise.

Via Trafford Park and Eccles using Park Way, Centenary Bridge and the M602 to rejoin at J12.

Traffic is easing on the M61 after a crash on the northbound carriageway near Chorley earlier.

Lane 3 was briefly closed between junction 8 (A674 Millennium Way) to junction 9 (M65 J2, Clayton Brook) whilst police attended.

The vehicle has now been recovered and all lanes are open.

Storm damage in St Andrews Court, Cleveleys. Picture by Christopher Hayden.

The footpath along the A59 at Howick blocked by several fallen trees