Warnings as gales batter Fylde coast

Tree blown down at the junction of Crosland Road North and Folkestone Road in St Annes
Tree blown down at the junction of Crosland Road North and Folkestone Road in St Annes
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The Met Office has upgraded its warning for Blackpool and the rest of Lancashire as strong winds are set to last throughout the day.

Gusts of up to 80mph are due to continue playing havoc across the Fylde coast and an amber weather warning is in place until 6pm on Friday.

Blackpool Zoo has announced it is closing today because of safety concerns due to the wind.

A statement posted online said: “Regrettably, the zoo will be closed today due to the very high winds.

“We’ll keep you posted when we see what tomorrow brings. Sorry if you were planning to visit but we need to keep you, the staff and the animals safe.”

Lytham St Annes Police have had several reports of roads being blocked because of the wind.

A fallen tree was blocking traffic on the corner of Crosland Road North and Folkestone Road, St Annes, this morning.

Officers also reported a streetlight being blown over on the corner of Greenwich Drive and Kingston Drive, Ansdell. Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.

Buses across the Fylde coast are being diverted due to the wind.

The gales have caused problems with part of the Talbot Road multi-storey car park and a section of Cookson Street and Talbot Road have been closed. As a result, the 2, 2C, 3, 4, 11 and 16 services are being diverted.

A temporary bus stop near the Co-op on Abdingdon Street will be in use for passengers heading north.

A 50mph speed limit was in place on the M6 this morning and junction 31 at Preston was closed because of a fallen tree at Brockholes Brow.

The junction briefly reopened before being closed again to northbound traffic after a second tree was blown over.

There were reports of a fallen tree causing delays to trains between Blackpool and Preston on Friday morning. National Rail confirmed there had been an obstruction on the line.

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