More wild winds on the way

Shoppers in Blackpool town centre being buffeted by strong winds

Shoppers in Blackpool town centre being buffeted by strong winds

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Residents braced themselves today as the Fylde coast continued to be battered by storms – and there is more to come.

Gale force winds swept across the region throughout the week with workers facing difficult driving conditions as they returned to work.

And there is more misery in store for residents with the Met Office warning torrential rain will accompany today’s windy conditions.

Yesterday’s gusts caused havoc, with trees and Illuminations blown down, traffic lights out and sheeting torn from buildings.

At one point the wind blew at 67mph across the coast.

Blackpool’s famous Illuminations bore the brunt of the strong winds, with reports of two separate incidents of strings of lights being blown down.

Two men were killed this week as large parts of England saw winds of up to 80mph (128km/h).

A man in his 50s died when a tree fell and crushed his van near Tunbridge Wells town centre.

Another man died in hospital after being airlifted from a small tanker which was hit by a large wave in the English Channel.

And a bus driver suffered severe injuries when a large oak tree fell on his vehicle in Witley, Surrey.