Buses stopped in high winds

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Most of the main roads in Blackpool have been closed as storm-force winds batter the Fylde Coast.

Blackpool Council has closed Promenade, Lytham Road, Dickson Road and Yeadon Way in Blackpool and Amounderness Way in Thornton between West Drive and Morrisons because of a fallen tree.

And Blackpool Transport announced it was suspending all buses and trams during the strongest winds on Wednesday evening.

Fire fighters across the region were called more than 50 times for incidents around Lancashire, and by 7.30pm brigades were attending 30 calls in the region, mostly on the coast.

During the day flights were cancelled from Blackpool Airport and West Coast trains going north of Preston were delayed.

Several rail services were delayed and cancelled throughout the evening as trees fell onto the lines.