Fylde braced for hurricane hangover

The Fylde coast was on gales alert. High tides and high winds caused flooding like this last December

The Fylde coast was on gales alert. High tides and high winds caused flooding like this last December

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The Fylde Coast was braced for high winds and blustery showers as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo whip across the North West.

Gales were due to peak early tomorrow morning with gusts exceeding 55 mph inland and between 60 and 70 mph on exposed coasts.

A spokesman from the Met Office said that although the storm was fairly typical for this time of year, there could be some danger to trees as many were still bearing a heavy leaf load which increases the damage gales can do to the branches.

The worst of the rain was expected later tonight but the Environment Agency said they were not expecting a risk of flooding despite there being a reasonably high tide on the Fylde Coast.

A spokesman said: “Nevertheless people in known flood risk areas should remain vigilant and they can check our website to keep updated.”

A Met Office spokesman said: “The strongest winds are expected early on Tuesday as the low pressure clears eastwards.

“There is still some uncertainty about peak wind speeds but there remains the potential for disruption to travel, especially as the strongest winds coincide with the morning rush hour in places.

“Fallen leaves impeding drainage increases the risk of surface water affecting roads, while some damage to trees is possible, given that many are still in full leaf.

“The showers could be blustery in places which may affect driving conditions, there could be surface water and spray.

“The weather system has come all the way across the Atlantic and has evolved and dissipated. So it bears little resemblance to the Hurricane which hit the other side of the water.”