LiveLIVE BLOG: Heavy winds hit Cheshire

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  • Crewe train station evacuated due to power lines down.
  • Trees down on A50 between Knutsford and Holmes Chapel.
  • M6 Thelwall Viaduct closed.
  • Man City v Sunderland and Everton v Crystal Palace called off.
  • Police asking residents to only make 999 calls if 'urgent'
  • Trees down in Weaverham, Middlewich, Winsford and Crewe.


For pictures and information resulting from last night's storms click here


Joanne Westwood said: "Struggled to keep our fence panels in the fence , went outside very scary , back garden trashed and all panels snapped in leftwich , then came the powercut worst thing ive ever had to deal with xx


Another Guardian reader tells us: "No power for rode heath and church lawton since 5.30pm, contacted scottish power message said power will be out all night .


A reader has emailed to say: "Our chimney pot has smashed our roof and fallen into ours and next door's conservatory. We've got next door's greenhouse glass in our garden. In Leftwich. What a nightmare. It looks like next door have lost their power too."


A reader has reported that Kingsley and Norley have been without power since 6pm and that Weaverham was also out for a while. Have you been affected? Let us know! Email


Winds have definitely calmed down in Northwich but the sirens are still going.

However, if I don't depart now, I'll never leave.

Email your pictures of the storm damage from across all our areas to and we will aim to include some of the best in next week's papers. 

On Twitter, tweet @NorthwichNews, @KnutsfordNews, @Crewe_Nantwich, @MiddlewichNews and @WinsfordNews with your pictures.

Alternatively call the newsdesk in the morning on 01606 813617. 



Good news for those on the trains in Crewe



Some bad news for residents in Knutsford, Scottish Power has sent a bulletin out saying power will remain out overnight.


Some good news from Cheshire Police: "The winds battering Cheshire are expected to peak within the next hour."

Police advice remains the same - only ring 999 if it is a genuine emergency - otherwise you may be blocking a line for someone who really needs urgent help.

An emergency is defined as an incident where there is potential for harm, or a threat to life, a crime in progress, or where an urgent police response is required.

All non emergency calls should be made using the 101 number.

Superintendent Beverley Raistrick is in charge of the police response.

She said: "The demand on the police 999 service is unusually high. We have brought in extra operators, retained staff on duty, and brought further call takers in to work early. However, such is the demand on the 999 system, that we cannot always answer the calls as fast as we normally would, but all calls will be answered.

"As we hit the crucial time for Cheshire in terms of peak wind speeds, I would urge the public to only ring 999 in a genuine emergency, so that we can get our officers to those who really need an urgent police response. Extra officers have been retained on duty to help us respond to the demand.

"You can help us to keep you safe too - if you do not have an essential journey to make in the next few hours, stay indoors. If you really do have to travel, make sure you let someone know when you leave, and when you are due to arrive, and take a charged mobile phone with you to keep your loved ones informed if you are delayed.

"Thankfully, we have no reports in Cheshire of anyone injured or harmed as a result of the gale force winds - let′s work together to keep it that way."



This video via Granada news of a plane coming into to land at Manchester Airport is terrifying!


More woe for football fans. Everton v Crystal Palace has now been called off. 


Some hope for everyone 


If you've got any pictures of the storm damage - and yes, I know it's dark - then send them to the newsdesk using #cheshirestorm on Twitter or by emailing


Cheshire East Highways has said it has had reports of 90 fallen trees across its network



Daid Morgan has just sent this comment to the newsdesk after he tried to make his way from to Knutsford from Warrington:

"It was chaos all the way home from Warrington to Knutsford. The M6 had been closed off at Lymm junction and seeing it empty was eerie then I accidentally ran over part of a tree that was in the road and miraculously didn't blow a tyre.

"I hit traffic on the A50 in High Legh so tried the A56 but it was just as bad as when I approached the motorway roundabout.

"At times my car was shaking. Then there was confusion when I got to Knutsford as police were telling everyone to turn around due to a tree that had collapsed on Manchester Road. 

"Everyone include the police seemed stressed."


Stu from Northwich has just called the office to say there is stationary traffic on Winnington Lane as motorists try to avoid the Thelwall Viaduct closure. 

He said cars were queued near the old works and there are many branches falling into the road. 


A couple of trees down in Weaverham, close to the high school 



All okay at the Rose and Crown after earlier incident it seems!


Trees down on Nantwich Road between Crewe and Middlewich, close to Leighton Hospital


Hazel Pear Inn in Acton Bridge isn't having any trouble this evening


Wind makes you hungry it seems......


Winsford not being spared this evening....


The tree damage on Manchester Road in Knutsford




Tree has fallen on Manchester Road in Knutsford......


For all you Manchester City fans out there. Tonight's game against Sunderland has been called off. Conditions have been deemed 'unsafe'.



More trees down in Knutsford on the A50. Goughs Lane as well.
Traffic at a predictable standstill through Tabley. 




Tree update via Traffic Sgt Rachel Gallagher



Update from Knutsfor'd Mayor, Clr Barbara Coan


The M6 Thelwall Viaduct will not reopen until the winds drop, the Highways Agency has just said.


Lots of sirens going off in Northwich.......


Traffic lights out at the A556 near Roberts Bakery



Pic sent in by a reader showing hole in Crewe Station






Chiney fire at the Rose and Crown in King Street, Knutsford via Ross Thaker on Twitter. Customers evacuated



A reader has sent in a note: "A tree is down across the road at bostock just past the smithy and a trampoline (!) in the road towards Middlewich."


Traffic on the A556 between junction 19 of the M6 and junction 7 of the M56 is heavy. Bucklow Hill in particular. 


If you've got any pictures of storm damage send them on twitter using #cheshirestorm


Northern Rail has said due to overhead line problems between Manchester Airport and Crewe, rail replacement services have been ordered between Sandbach and the town.


Reports of power outages in Northwich and parts of Rudheath. Power okay at Guardian HQ but lights keep flickering









Trees are reportedly blocking the following roads: A50 between Holmes Chapel and Knutsford


Cheshire Police has said there has been an increase in the number off 999 calls. They are urging people to only ring the emergency number if they need an urgent response.


Heavy winds forcast to peak at 6pm.

Motorists being urged to stay off the roads. 








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