Winds batter Trafford, bringing down trees and damaging Chill Factore

Winds batter Trafford, bringing down trees and damaging Chill Factore

Damage to the roof of the Chill Factore. Image courtesy of @toyotasq

A fallen tree is Mayfair Court. Picture: @neil_taylor_

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THE gales battering Greater Manchester have brought widespread disruption with reports of trees being blown down in Bowdon, Sale, Altrincham and Timperley.

  • GM Police and GM Fire and Rescue Service said the winds had started to calm down by 9.30pm but urged people to continue to take care.
  • High winds forced Chill Factore to close early with reports of damage to its roof. It is the second time this winter the attraction has been affected by high winds.
  •  People were stranded inside Chill Factore for safety reasons were finally allowed to leave at around 8pm. Joe Sandbach tweeted at 8,30pm: "Finally been freed from the Chill Factore after been escorted out by 2 police officers and a firefighter!" #keen #safetyfirst
  • Scottish Power Energy Networks has told customers who have lost their electricity supply they are continuing to work to restore power high winds and travel disruptions are causing delays. A spokesman said: "We appreciate your patience."
  • Greater Manchester Fire ‏@manchesterfire said an external staircase has collapsed in the Old Trafford area. People trapped have been trapped on the second and third floors but no injuries have been reported.#
  • A spokesman for Greater Manchester fire said the service had received least 350 calls since 5pm, no serious injuries reported. They advise securing loose items outside (bins) & think twice about travel
  • First TransPennine has announced that due to damage at Manchester Airport, no trains will call at the airport and all trains will start or terminate at Piccadilly.
  • Cllr Cllr Laura Evans ‏has reported three trees are down on Belmont Road, Hale.
  • Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has said that among the incidents in the last hour has been a 60ft tree falling onto a house in Sale.
  • Bus operator Stagecoach has advised their bus services are running but may be delayed due to local diversions to avoid fallen trees and traffic.
  • Northern Rail reported that due to poor weather at Warrington Central, services are currently suspended between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Oxford Road.
  • The M60 and M6 were both closed because of high winds. The M6 was also had a tree in the carriageway.
  • Manchester Metrolink ‏@MCRMetrolink has advised passengers that updates on its service are available through the night on its website for further information:

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