Gale force winds cause chaos on Morecambe promenade

The crushed nobby boat which lay vicitim to the strong winds and waves at the weekend. Picture by Carla Knowles.
The crushed nobby boat which lay vicitim to the strong winds and waves at the weekend. Picture by Carla Knowles.

Gale force winds caused havoc along the promenade destroying nobby boats and disrupting traffic as Storm Clodagh swept in from the Atlantic.

Battering waves shipwrecked nobby boats, flushed rats from their nests and caused traffic disruption as police warned motorists to travel if only necessary.

Residents took to social media to share their pictures of the high tide destruction across the bay.

Carla Knowles shared her picture of the nobby boat which was eaten up by the waves as it broke free from its moorings on Sunday, it is not yet known who the boat belongs to.

Rats were discovered washed up on the shore from their nests after the crushing waves brought up debris and pebbles.

A Lancaster City Council spokesman said: “In Morecambe the sea defences proved their worth and stood up to the task and any debris will be taken care of as part of routine maintenance.”

Emergency services were kept busy with reports of fallen trees, flooding and road traffic collisions across the district.

Gusts of up to 65mph were recorded across Lancashire and the Met Office have issued rain and wind warnings in Morecambe for most of the week.

A fallen tree on Pemberton Drive, in Bare, on Sunday did some minor damage to a property’s fence and was later removed by Lancaster City Council.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue were called to Park Road, in Lancaster after scaffolding became dislodged by the wind and fell onto the pavement below.

North West Air Ambulance were called out to two road traffic collisions on the M6 but could not attend due to the strong winds. There were reports of flooding in Warton on Sands Lane.

More pictures to follow.