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Trees topple as gale force winds hit town

The tree blown down on Oxcliffe Road. Picture by Margaret Pattinson.

The tree blown down on Oxcliffe Road. Picture by Margaret Pattinson.

The district is recovering after being battered by gale force winds...again.

The Met Office issued an amber weather warning for the North West of England on Friday as gales of up to 43mph pelted Morecambe.

Damage was caused to homes and trees were blown over on Oxcliffe Road, Morecambe Road and on the cycle track.

Ferry services to the Isle of Man were also disrupted at Heysham Port.

The 2.15pm Steam Packet service on Friday was cancelled altogether and the 2.15am Saturday service was under review as The Visitor went to press.

Stena Line and Seatruck ferries ran as normal.

A spokesman for Morecambe Fire Station said on Friday they had “miraculously” had no call-outs for gale-related incidents. The winds were due to die down with brighter weather forecast as The Visitor went to press, although heavy rain was predicted for New Year’s Eve. An amber warning is the second most severe issued by the Met Office.

This was the latest in a series of bouts of severe weather to hit the Lancaster and Morecambe district in recent months.

Cars were left floating in water as waves crashed over the seafront during a storm in early December.

 

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