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Strong winds fell trees in and around Preston

Posted on - 1st March, 2018 - 8:42pm | Author - | Posted in - Bamber Bridge, Preston News, Roads, Transport
Police on the scene in Brownedge Road Pic: Tony Houston
Police on the scene in Brownedge Road Pic: Tony Houston

Strong winds are bringing a very icy chill to Preston and South Ribble during Thursday evening and causing travel disruption.

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Brownedge Road, in Bamber Bridge, was closed by emergency services due to a fallen tree.

The incident shortly after 5pm on Thursday (1 March) saw the road blocked in both directions between London Way and Brampton Drive.

Drivers were queued up, and bus services delayed, while South Ribble Police worked with crews to clear the tree from the road.

Vehicles queued up in Brownedge Road Pic: Diane Beardsworth
Vehicles queued up in Brownedge Road Pic: Diane Beardsworth

Gusts of up to 50mph are combining with temperatures of below freezing to bring a feels like temperature of minus 10.

Another tree is understood to have fallen in Penwortham – on Golden Way.

Another tree fell during Thursday afternoon in Middleforth Green.

The fallen tree near Pear Tree Park Pic: Chris Hough
The fallen tree near Pear Tree Park Pic: Chris Hough

Read more: Hour-by-hour forecast for Preston and snow warnings

A fire engine from Fulwood attended a tree which had fallen onto a car in Garstang Road, Barton.

During the incident, around 8pm, firefighters used hand saws to remove the tree and make the area safe. No one was hurt.

A snow warning remains in force, due to the Beast from the East and soon to arrive Storm Emma, until Saturday (3 March) evening.

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