Winds of up to 70mph caused havoc in Manchester on Sunday 29 November, with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue service receiving 126 calls in a three-hour period.
With five flights diverted at Manchester Airport, more than 10,000 homes losing power and even
buildings losing their rooves, the severe weather warning put up by the Met Office was well-warranted. That severe weather warning remains, with heavy winds and rain still expected.
Between 12:00 and 15:00 (GMT), chaos reigned all the way across Manchester as a result of the wind. On Irlam Square in Salford, a huge 15m tree fell onto a block of flats. The building was evacuated and one woman needed treatment for shock as a result.
Meanwhile, on Moorfield Avenue in Denton, the roof was blown off a row of shops. The emergency services also responded to various other incidents; including damaged vehicles, and trees uprooting and falling into the road.
Over the next few days, winds of up to 60mph are still expected by the Met Office. An Environment Agency flood alert has been issued on the Fleetwood to Blackpool coast. This may be a good opportunity to stay inside; however, if you do venture out into Manchester, be very careful!