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- Strong winds and heavy rain are causing chaos across Bolton today.
- Trains and roads have been disrupted.
- Wind has caused damage to trees and buildings.
- Some roads have flooded.
Thank you for following our blog today. The Met Office have issued a yellow weather warning for ice tonight and tomorrow morning so take care on the roads. Keep up to date with the latest travel news on The Bolton News website.
Fire bosses are urging people not to go out in bad weather unless their journey is necessary. Also think before you dial 999, the council, highways agency, local builders, or TV engineers may be more appropriate.
Traffic now easing on M66 after earlier overturned lorry. The 60-year-old driver was freed by firefighters. He was breathing and concsious but trapped inside. He was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital. Full story on the Bury Times website here - http://www.burytimes.co.uk/news/10859292.Traffic_chaos_as_lorry_overturns/
BOLTON was battered by strong winds, rain and hail that left a trail of destruction across the borough.
The torrential weather saw trees crashing into roads, flooding and damage to vehicles.
In Chorley New Road, a large tree was uprooted and blown across the busy road, leading to delays for road users who also had to navigate past an area of flooding in the same road.
In Gilnow Road, shopkeeper Vinod Rabadia watched as a tree was blown onto her car.
She said: “We heard a big bang outside — I ran out and immediately knew it was my vehicle under the tree, hopefully the insurance will cover the damage.”
A large conifer tree was split in half at an address Coniston Avenue, Farnworth where Maragaret Hall was visiting her sister Angela Daubney.
Margaret said: “The tree split and part of it ended up resting against the house next door — it’s a very big tree, it’s bigger than the house.”
Bolton Council were called out to deal with 15 incidents involving fallen trees, including visits to Blackrod, Bromley Cross and Tonge Moor.
Even Father Christmas was not immune to the tempestuous weather as wind removed the roof from his grotto in Victoria Square.
There was also drama in Radcliffe after the town’s Christmas tree was snapped by strong winds and the Green Street swimming pool and fitness suite was closed because of structural damage.
@TheBoltonNews this was a tree in moss bank park http://t.co/PHJ33tcVgF— @thesaladbowl9 05 December 2013
@TheBoltonNews lorry on it's side on Barton Bridge http://t.co/LvBut3t5Ts— @VicsterLS 05 December 2013
@TheBoltonNews the wind @CeliaFarm has been so bad - look what's happened to our chicken house! http://t.co/3BVBGdJTtp— @CeliaFarm 05 December 2013
Let us know if you've been affected by the weather today:
THERE is substantial disruption to this evening's train schedule for services coming through Bolton, find all the latest information by following this link.
In total, Bolton Council dealt with 15 separate incidents involving trees blocking roads today.
These incidents have occured at addresses across the borough including in Blackrod, Bromley Cross, Moss Bank Park and in Crompton Way.
Reports of traffic chaos around Ramsbottom, as the M66 northbound is closed between Junction 1 and the A56 because of an overturned lorry. It is expected to be re-opened at 5.45pm.
Nick Bridges sent us these pics of his fence in Starling Drive, Farnworth. "Just come home from work and found this. Oh dear", he says. Quite.
Here's more pics of the flooding in Chorley New Road.
Here's santa. Don't worry kids, he's ok. Not sure about all his presents, though, because his grotto is in a bad way.
A community Christmas tree in Tottington has also been blown over. It is currently being put back up.
Motorbikes blown over by the wind in Victoria Square. Some security people put them up again later.
Here's a video showing the fallen tree in Chorley New Road:
Radcliffe reporter Tui Benjamin is clearly devastated after the Radcliffe Christmas tree was snapped in half by strong winds....
Don't worry Tui, the tree will be replaced tomorrow.
Breaking: After the roof was blown off his grotto in Victoria Square, Father Christmas has found a new home.
He will be operating out of the Specsavers store in Victoria square from 3pm until 4.30pm, where children can visit him.
Perhaps he "should have gone" there in the first place....
There is also some flooding in Chorley New Road so motorists be careful.
The flooded area is just before Bolton School when travelling away from the town centre.
The tree that was blocking Chorley New Road has been moved by Bolton Council.
This is the remaining stump, the homeowners will now have to contact a contractor to remove it.
The owner of the car that has a fallen tree on it in Gilnow Road is Mrs Vinod Rabadia who runs the nearby newsagents - understandably she is not best pleased.
We are off to try and get a picture of the scene now.
Another picture of Radcliffe's fallen down Christmas tree. What a sorry sight!
We have had reports of a tree that has blown over and landed on a car in Gilnow Road.
The fallen tree is blocking both lanes of traffic.
Sad scenes in Radcliffe after the Christmas tree was knocked over by the strong winds.
The fence at the site of the Green Bengal on Darwen Road in Bromley Cross has blown down.
Radcliffe's Christmas tree was badly damaged and has been shredded. Updates soon.
The Christmas tree in Radcliffe has been blown over!
M66 has been blocked northbound from junction one, Ramsbottom to Ramsbottom Junction, because of an overturned lorry.
Fortunately Santa was willing.
One of Santa's representatives told our reporter to contact the Bolton Council press office instead of speaking to Santa directly. This is the world we live in today.
Our fence panels http://t.co/ArPGAl7nUQ— @eddyfarnworth 05 December 2013
Strong winds continue to batter East Lancs http://t.co/p3JWo0xeCn http://t.co/nqH6gziXyK— @lancstelegraph 05 December 2013
Here's the fallen tree in Chorley New Road
Wow a tree been knocked down in Bolton chorley new rd http://t.co/Vpby4FX85a— @harrykingkhan 05 December 2013
More Santa's grotto pics:
Here's the besieged Santa's grotto in Victoria Square. No-one was hurt, but Santa has been evicted.
Reports of bird spikes blowing off buildings near The Rock in Bury.
This is today's weather forecast:
A tree is blocking Ainsworth Road near the Black Bull Hotel in Bury.
It's a tad windy in Bolton today.— @boultermelanie 05 December 2013
@GrumpyMule Enjoyed your coffee served by @SpiltMilkCoffee in a windy Bolton town hall square. #coldcomfort— @shortcyclist 05 December 2013
Someone drive me to Bolton so I can get my hair done without dying on the way in this wind😢💰💷— @helenmoore96 05 December 2013
M60 closed towards Bolton at Barton Bridge because of overturned lorry. Slow traffic other side as people slow to look. #traffic #m60 #wind— @CTyxxxx 05 December 2013
The Weather across Bolton and Bury: A dry yet windy start to the day. Rain closing in later. Highs of 9C— @BreakfastVix 05 December 2013
In Bolton and the weather is absolutely HORRIBLE!!!— @RealRashadEvans 05 December 2013
Radcliffe Pool and Fitness Centre in Green Street has been closed due to structural damage caused by today's severe weather conditions.
Father Christmas. What a joker.
Father Christmas was calm after the harrowing incident, stating that he had experienced “much worse weather in the North Pole.”
He added: “I was inside the grotto at the time and I initially thought that the reindeers landing on the roof.
”But I’m fine, I’m used to high winds — although I was blown off course this morning and ended up in Farnworth."
Reports of heavy traffic on the M60 after a lorry overturned on Barton Bridge
We've got an exclusive interview with Santa after this despicable act by mother nature.
The roof has blown off Santa's Grotto in Victoria Squre.
A tree has blown over on Chorley New Road. Pics coming soon.
The latest live traffic and travel news is available here.
The latest live weather information is available here.
The latest train to be cancelled is the 12:07pm service to Blackpool North.
Good afternoon - we'll be updating you on the weather chaos today. It's carnage out there.