We reported earlier that the Preston area had been placed on red alert as gale force winds of up to 100mph looked to batter the city causing possible travel chaos and disruption.
Electricity North West report over 4,500 homes without power in Lancashire including homes in Preston.
Preston police are reporting several fallen trees across the City and ask people to only travel if absolutely necessary to help road congestion.
A tree came down on Wharfdale Avenue, with a car underneath and narrowly missing a house (thanks to @Strikey for the pic).
Virgin Trains report services cancelled from between Preston and Penrith. Services on the West Coast line were due to close early due to the high winds.
The control room of the Lancashire Fire Service report they are doing a good job handling calls across the county due to severe wind incidents. They report this was one of their busiest evenings for a long time.
Electricity North West say they are working hard to restore supplies to customers across the region since the severe weather started late this afternoon.
Wind speeds of up to 100mph in some areas, is hampering some restoration efforts. Supplies may not be restored tonight due to the severity of the weather; however engineers will continue repairs from first light on Thursday.
The company urges people not to approach downed power lines but call them immediately on 0800 195 4141 or email [email protected]
Early signs show the winds calming through the night to Thursday.
Have you been affected by the gales? Let us know your experiences.