Flooding and gales cause Greater Manchester disruption

Worsley storm damage Image copyright @manchesterfire
Image caption A 20ft tree landed on the front of this house in Worsley causing damage to the building and a car next door

Several homes and businesses have been flooded and many trees blown over across Greater Manchester.

A Met Office yellow "be aware" weather warning is still in place and winds are expected to reach up to 60mph (96km/h).

Firefighters have been pumping water from flooded buildings and making homes safe overnight, while a 6m (20ft) tree fell on a house in Worsley.

Chimney stacks and tree branches have fallen, with debris causing road problems across the region.

Virgin Trains said its services were running with restricted speed limits.

Five flights were diverted away from Manchester Airport overnight. They were sent to Birmingham, East Midlands and Liverpool.

'High winds'

The Lyme Park, Dunham Massey and Quarry Bank Mill National Trust parks have all been closed because of the high winds.

Crews were at the scene of the fallen tree in Ellenbrook Road for three hours and used a chainsaw to break it down. No-one was injured.

The worst areas for flooding have been Ramsbottom, Bolton, Bury, Littleborough and Audenshaw.

Lifts and basements at a school and nursing home were filled with water. Firefighters had to isolate electrics to protect the buildings.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Area Manager Tony Hunter said: "Winds are expected to pick up again in Greater Manchester today so please remove items such as gazebos and climbing frames from outdoors or secure them down.

"Only call 999 in an emergency - there may be other services you can call, for example, your local council, highways agency, local builders, or TV engineers.

"And please take extra care on the roads during heavy rain and strong winds and only drive if you really have to."

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