Borough hit by the tail end of Gonzalo

A huge garden trampoline blowing down a street in Wigan and (below) a greenhouse blown to pieces by the high winds
A huge garden trampoline blowing down a street in Wigan and (below) a greenhouse blown to pieces by the high winds
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WIGAN got a taste of Hurricane Gonzalo as it was battered by high winds.

As the North West was issued a yellow weather warning for gales on Tuesday, residents were warned of travel disruption and the likelihood of falling trees and fences as gusts of up to 50mph swept the area,

Destroyed greenhouse

Destroyed greenhouse

While inland Wigan did not bear the full force of the storm, it did cause a fair bit of damage across the borough.

Evening Post reader Liz Croston, from Ashton, sent in a photo of her mother’s recently installed greenhouse which was decimated by the high winds.

She said: “My mum’s greenhouse has been totally destroyed. She hasn’t even had chance to use it yet!”

And Melanie Travers submitted a picture of her trampoline being overturned in her Atherton garden.

Meanwhile, the hurricane has wreaked havoc across the country, resulting in the death of a woman who was hit by a falling tree in Kensington, West London. The stormy conditions also led to three women being injured by a fallen tree at Southwick Recreation Ground in West Sussex. The three, one of them believed to be in a wheelchair, were taken to hospital.

Strong winds brought down trees on railway lines, causing delays, while more than 100 flights had to be axed at Heathrow airport and driving conditions were particularly bad in Scotland.

A number of ferry crossings between Holyhead in North Wales and Dublin were cancelled due to the adverse weather.

A section of the A1(M) in Cambridgeshire was closed due to an overturned lorry and there was heavy traffic on a number of motorways and A-roads, with Cheshire among the worst-hit counties.

Some areas were subjected to gusts of wind up to 65mph, but forecasters predicted that the worst of the weather would be over after Tuesday and no weather warning has been issued for today.