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Drivers warned as high winds batter England

Overturned lorry on M60
Image caption Police closed the motorway in both directions

Pedestrians and drivers are being warned to take care as gales of up to 70mph (112km/h) batter England.

The Met Office warned severe gales could hit most parts of the country, with eastern England expected to be among the worst affected.

Lincolnshire Police warned that some high-sided vehicles had been blown over and trees had fallen on many roads.

Part of the M60 motorway in Greater Manchester was closed earlier after a lorry was blown over.

The clockwise carriageway of the M60 was shut between junctions nine and 11 after the incident on Barton Bridge near the Trafford Centre.

Part of the anti-clockwise carriageway was also shut.

Brian Hensby, of the Highways Agency, said the lorry had been toppled by a 60mph (97km/h) gust.

"He [the driver] was very unfortunate, really. He hit the bridge just as a strong gust came through, bringing in the higher wind speed."

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Media captionResidents say they were evacuated by the police after the roof collapsed

In Cumbria, a tree fell onto a car in high winds. Emergency services, including the air ambulance, went to the incident on the A590 between Stonecross and Ulverston.

Officers said driving conditions were hazardous and they urged motorists to slow down.

High winds have also caused problems across Merseyside and Cheshire, with several roads closed because of fallen trees.

Cheshire Police said officers had responded to more than 30 weather-related incidents on Monday morning.

Part of Liverpool city centre was cordoned off after a glass panel blew out of an apartment block and smashed.

The glass fell onto Paradise Street, close to the Liverpool One shopping centre. No-one was injured but the road was closed for safety reasons.

The Met Office warned severe gales could hit many parts of England, including the North West, North East, the Midlands and Yorkshire.

High winds have caused problems across England for several days.

On Saturday, strong winds caused part of the roof of a library in the West Midlands to collapse.

Residents close to Dickens Heath Library in Solihull were woken by emergency services attending the scene during the early hours and they were evacuated to a nearby wine bar for safety.

Resident Mark Latham said the street scene was a "complete and utter mess" and that it was lucky no-one was seriously hurt.

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