Resort lashed by high winds and heavy rain

Storms battered Blackpool seafront with rain and strong winds. Below: Some of the damage caused.
Storms battered Blackpool seafront with rain and strong winds. Below: Some of the damage caused.
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Winds of up to 60mph lashed the Fylde coast this weekend, leaving behind a trail of damage and debris.

Police were forced to close roads across Blackpool on Saturday, as structures cracked and crumbled under the strain.

Gale-force winds have ripped off a section of the tram depot at the bottom of Squires Gate Lane in Blackpool, scattering insulating material over a wide area.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'10-1-2015

Gale-force winds have ripped off a section of the tram depot at the bottom of Squires Gate Lane in Blackpool, scattering insulating material over a wide area. PIC BY ROB LOCK'10-1-2015

At around 10am, Squires Gate Lane had to be shut after a gust ripped part of the roof off the seafront tram depot.

At 11.30am, Princess Parade was closed for 20 minutes and tram services halted, after a flagpole from the Metropole Hotel fell dangerously next to power lines.

A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue said: “Stong winds took the flagpole down and with the power lines so close, there was a clear danger.

“We worked closely with engineers from the power company to isolate the electricity and make the scene safe before allowing the trams to run again.”

Storms batter Blackpool seafront with rain and strong winds

Storms batter Blackpool seafront with rain and strong winds

Police also temporarily closed Bonny Street because scaffolding on a property came loose.

The conditions were as a result of an area of low pressure moving towards Scotland.

Further MET Office ‘yellow warnings’ are in place for the coast in the coming days.

A spokesman for the MET Office said: “Heavy rain from overnight will clear mid-morning today and there will be blue skies in the afternoon, though it’ll still be windy and feel 
cold.

Storms batter Blackpool seafront with rain and strong winds 'Road closures due to signs pulled down at Bonny Street Market, Blackpool

Storms batter Blackpool seafront with rain and strong winds 'Road closures due to signs pulled down at Bonny Street Market, Blackpool

“Later on, in the late evening, there will be a few showers pushing in, and on Tuesday, it will be much the same, but will feel much colder.

“Sleet and snow may even be seen inland in Lancashire, but probably not on the coast.

“The brisk westerly winds will return on Tuesday and Wednesday, touching gale force at times.”

The cold, wet and windy weather is as a result of a strong jet stream in the Atlantic, with a cold air mass moving over from Canada.