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Updated weather warning for Preston as Storm Franklin brings strong winds

Posted on - 20th February, 2022 - 4:34pm | Author - | Posted in - Fylde News, Preston News, Preston weather, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, Wyre News
Uprooted tree in Avenham Park after Storm Eunice Pic: @sallyartyfarty
Uprooted tree in Avenham Park after Storm Eunice Pic: @sallyartyfarty

The Met Office has issued an updated yellow warning for further periods of very strong winds across Preston and the north west, causing possible disruption.

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The warning is in place from 12pm today (Sunday 20 February) until 1pm tomorrow.

Winds are likely to strengthen across England and Wales on Sunday, with a swathe of very strong winds reaching Northern Ireland later on Sunday evening in association with Storm Franklin.

Read more: ‘Act now’ flood warning for River Ribble at Samlesbury

These very strong winds will spread to many other western, central and southern areas of the UK overnight and early Monday, with gusts of 50-60 mph expected.

Winds will ease steadily from the north west during the remainder of Monday.

Trees down on the Old Tram Road Pic: @martinbleasdale
Trees down on the Old Tram Road Pic: @martinbleasdale

What to expect:

  • Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, could happen, along with trees/branches being brought down
  • Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible
  • Some roads and bridges may close
  • Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage

Read more: Storm Eunice and Storm Franklin: Preston hour-by-hour weather forecast

The further high winds follow issues caused by Storm Eunice, including closed roads, Preston Railway Station being shut, and damage to houses.


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