High winds batter St Helens

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  • Victoria Square Christmas tree snaps at the base amid high winds
  • Falling tiles and trees leads to road closures
  • Disruption to roads across the region



Council workers help clear a tree that had fallen across Prescot Road blocking three lanes.

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Firefighters work to clear bricks that had blown off the front of a house and onto Prescot Road

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Latest update from Highways Agency:

All today's earlier Cumbria (M6) incidents have been cleared (including removal of lorry south of junction 45 which was meant to have happened overnight but was brought forward)

M6 Thelwall Viaduct in Cheshire has fully re-opened.    Restrictions have also been lifted.  Wind speeds dropped into 30s and 40s

Restrictions along M60 in Greater Manchester have also been lifted with wind speeds dropping into 30s and 40s.   Brief closure of clockwise carriageway is being made to remove vehicle but that will be re-opening fully imminently


Highways Agency staff based at the regional control centre in Newton-le-Willows have been coordinating the major road networks.

Below are some of the incidents they have been dealing with.

Lorry overturned on N/B M6 between junctions 20 and 21 at Thelwall Viaduct - two of four lanes closed. 

Drivers of high-sided vehicles are now advised to AVOID THELWALL VIADUCT ALTOGETHER in both directions. 

M6 N/B between Junction 44 and 45.  Lorry to remain in situ for overnight recovery.    Lane one and hard shoulder in use; lanes two and three to remain closed



HIGH winds are hitting St Helens and the region this morning.

The Met Office has put Merseyside on an amber warning alert.

Reisidents have been warned to expect stormy weather throughout the day and motorists are being urged to take care.

There are reduced speed limits on some parts of the motorway network.

A Met Office forecast for the north west read: "It will be very windy with severe gales, and rain spreading southwards, heavy at times.

"Clearer, colder conditions following from the north in the afternoon with sunny spells and occasional showers, turning wintry, especially over hills."




High winds batter the aerial on top of Century House



In Victoria Square, St Helens' Christmas Tree lies on its side after snapping and toppling over in the high winds.

St Helens Star: The fallen tree in Victoria Square


The scene on Ormskirk Street...

St Helens Star: Ormskirk Street has been closed


Ormskirk Street in the town centre has also been closed off as firefighters clear fallen roof tiles.


St Helens' Christmas tree on Victroria Square has snapped amid this morning's high winds.

A St Helens Council spokesman said:  “Due to the high winds we had cordoned off the area around the tree before it was blown down. 

"No one was injured.
"Other public Christmas trees have also been checked and are being monitored as are Christmas lights as the high winds continue.”

It is understood the tree, which snapped at the base, will be reinstalled tomorrow.


Drivers are being urged to avoid Prescot Road after a tree has fallen across three lanes just after the Eccleston Arms pub.

Eye-witnesses said that motorists narrowly avoided being struck by the fallen tree close to West Park Road but at this point there are no reports of any injuries.

Ormskirk Street in the town centre has also been closed off as firefighters clear fallen roof tiles.


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