Storm latest: How the high winds are affecting St Helens

A tree blown over in Bleak Hill Road. Picture from reader Michael Gray
A tree blown over in Bleak Hill Road. Picture from reader Michael Gray
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Gale force winds are battering St Helens. Keep up to date with how the storm is affecting the borough here.

10.32pm: Looks like the winds are dying down now. Clean-up starts tomorrow morning.

Shoppers brave the elements

Shoppers brave the elements

10.05pm: Confusion as council leader Barrie Grunewald tweets that council workers are on their way to Peasley Cross Road to clear up debris from Langtree Park’s damaged roof. Saints, meanwhile, maintaining the stadium roof has NOT been damaged.

9.45pm: Still long delays on the St Helens section of the M6 as the Thewall viaduct remains closed in both directions. Bartons Bridge in Manchester also still closed because of an overturned lorry.

9.05pm: Saints deny reports winds have caused damage to Langtree Park.

8.05pm: Peasley Cross Road is closed because of debris in the road.

7.56: Reader Michael John Gray ‏@Gray_Mikey reports on our Twitter debris, including drain-piping and slates, in the road on Bleak Hill Road.

7.42: Reader Michael Duffy reports: ‘@sthelensreport very high winds in haydock,lights flickering occasionally,can’t here the tv with the whistling of the wind through the trees’.

7.30pm: Readers on our Twitter page are reporting winds picking up in Sutton, and@PhilMcMurray telling us ‘my fence panels have blown out in Bleak Hill. No prizes for why its called bleak.’

6.55pm St John Vianney School roof damaged by falling debris.

6.32pm: Several chimneys have been blown over in Vincent Street in the town centre. There are no reported injuries and council staff are at the scene clearing debris.

6.05pm: Council tree surgeons have been called to a number of areas across the borough to deal with fallen trees. Trees have been blown over at Garswood Recreation Ground, Parkside Road in Newton and Burrows Lane, where diversions are in place.

5pm: Power and telephone lines are down in homes across Rainhill and Nutgrove.

* Spotted any problems caused by the high winds email