Storm Doris hits Wigan borough

Storm Doris has arrived in the North West
Storm Doris has arrived in the North West

The effects of Storm Doris can be felt across the North West on Thursday with high winds causing chaos on the road network.

The Met Office has said the storm is developing into a "weather bomb". It has under gone what experts call Explosive Cyclogenisis, where central pressure inside a frontal depression can fall at a very rapid rate forcing violent winds from the system known as "bombs".

An amber weather warning remains in place with gusts of 70mph expected.

Here is a round-up of incidents across the borough:

3:37pm - A spot of good news for borough commuters, Thelwall Viaduct on the M6 has reopened, says North West Motorway Police.

3:27pm - A section of Riverway in Wigan town centre will now be closed for at least an hour between Crompton Street junction and Millgate because of a fallen tree, the council has said.

3:22pm - A tree fell and landed on a house next to Orrell railway station.

3:05pm - Roof sheets blew off HSS Hire, on Wallgate, Wigan, and more were at risk of blowing away. Firefighters were called to make them safe.

2:30pm - Braithwaite Residents’ Association has tweeted that a large tree has fallen on Slag Lane in Lowton, blocking the road.

2:28pm - A tree has fallen into a house at The Lawns, in Hindley. The council says officers are offering assistance and no-one is reported to have been injured.

2:15pm - Thelwall Viaduct remains closed, says North West Motorway Police “but we are hoping for a change in the wind speed shortly.”

1:24pm - A Wigan man has been injured after being struck with a piece of fencing flying on the wind, according to the North West Ambulance Service. He was treated at the scene and later made his way to hospital.

12:52pm - Coun Nathan Murray tweets that Drummers Lane in Bryn is closed at junction with Soughers Lane. “Road damaged near pumping station.”

12:21pm - The council says it has received reports of at least 12 trees being felled across the borough.

12:04pm - Pennington Flash has been closed due to falling trees, Wigan Council has said. The borough’s binmen are continuing to brave the adverse conditions and so far no collections have been cancelled. There may be delays though, a town hall spokesman added.

11:55am - The M6 is currently closed in both directions over the Thelwall Viaduct due to high winds, meaning motorway routes in and out of the borough will be affected.

11:53am - Firefighters were called to Eccleston Street, Swinley, where large ornate stones were in danger of falling off the roof of a house. A firefighter braved the strong winds to climb a ladder and remove them.

11:17am - Lancashire Police report a motorist had a lucky escape when a tree narrowly missed a driver. Hall Lane in Wrightington remains closed.

10:36am - Trains between Wigan and Liverpool Lime Street are currently cancelled until 16.20 due to the poor weather conditions.

10:12am - North West Ambulance Service called to incident at Ashurst Hall Lane in Appley Bridge. Man taken to Royal Albert Edward Infirmary - no details of injuries but no major trauma.

10:00am - Haigh Hall high ropes and mini-golf course have been closed.

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