Manchester

Manchester trees brought down in storm gales

Trees were brought down and some flights were diverted as severe winds battered Greater Manchester.

Severe weather warnings were issued on Thursday night as gusts of up to 80mph (129km/h) hit the region.

In Manchester, one large tree came down near a school in Chorlton and others came down in Delph and Prestwich.

Three planes were unable to land at Manchester Airport, stranding a number of passengers in a hotel at Luton Airport.

Two flights were diverted to Luton and another to East Midlands Airport because of strong winds. Arrangements were made to bring the passengers back home.

Delph resident Justine Potter said: "It was just the most incredible noise, even inside houses people could hear the creaking of a lot of branches.

"This is not the first time it's happened... so it's something that is a huge problem in this area because we've got lots of beautiful old trees."

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