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LIVE BLOG - Cheshire storm: The Aftermath
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- Man, 33, dies in Lower Withington after crashing car trying to avoid a tree on the road.
- Big Clear up underway in Northwich, Winsford and Middlewich.
- Cheshire East Council reported more than 120 trees down across the borough.
- Highways and Streetscene staff at Cheshire West and Chester Council have responded to reports of approximately 150 fallen trees across the borough.
The Guardian contacted Scottish Power for an update on power cuts in Knutsford.
Scottish Power said that are currently trying to reconnect 140,000 houses in North Wales and the North West and that they cannot offer a specific time for when power will be restored in any one area.
A spokesperson said: "We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please bear with us for the time being.”
@carac_kg @knutsfordnews @cllramalloy office on princess street not affected but my elec at home in goostrey has only just come back on !— @CMJ21 13 February 2014
@rachelburden @KnutsfordNews Goostrey finally back on at 3pm. Went off at 5pm last night.— @CathBM 13 February 2014
Lower Peover, Plumley and Ollerton still reported to be affected by power cut.
Blackhill Lane residents fear they will be left for a second night without power or heating. Power company 'uncontactable'
CLEARED: Trains are running normally between Liverpool Lime Street and Crewe following overhead wire problems at Runcorn— @NRE_Virgin 13 February 2014
Reports coming in that houses on Blackhill Lane, Knutsford, are still without power. Keep us posted. Tweet us @KnutsfordNews
Important information from the FC at #Delamere #Forest #Cheshire taken from their website #delamereforest http://t.co/88bFik4mLH— @visitdelamere 13 February 2014
Some good news from Wincham:
2:11pm Thu 13 Feb 14
The electric is now back on in Wincham,been off since 2045hrs.
High winds across Cheshire caused damage across the county such as this bungalow in Northwich. http://t.co/Ulzw47s0U5 http://t.co/ftBNySqjbE— @CheshireFire 13 February 2014
@GinaBebbington Another pic of fallen pine tree at Grange Road, Barnton from the storms http://t.co/peJaIE0BbO— @CamoDave_ 13 February 2014
@GinaBebbington Pine Tree down in storms, Grange Road, Barnton http://t.co/lC6SHys7tv— @CamoDave_ 13 February 2014
Crewe officers and PCSO's dealt with a high number of incidents last night & did all we could to keep our communities and road users safe— @CreweNPU 13 February 2014
RT @MBEstatesPlus: Power outages in Rostherne and Ashley have closed our office, pls call staff on mobiles or tweet & we will get in touch …— @TattonEstateM 13 February 2014
RT @stormyjoolz: @CECHighways conifer down on Hillside Road, Knutsford. Not blocking road but needs dealing with in fullness of time!— @CllrAMalloy 13 February 2014
@Inspector Mitchell- Knutsford A big thank you to everyone who came with tractors,chainsaws,JCBs and horse trailers to help us last night— @KnutsfordNPU 13 February 2014
Let there be light. And warmth. And hot water. And cups of tea. Power is restored.— @rachelburden 13 February 2014
RT @Brackendalepics: @NorthwichNews Brilliant work done around Northwich today by @NorthwichNPU and @CheshireFire in terrible weather cond…— @NorthwichNPU 13 February 2014
@NorthwichNews http://t.co/hA5E5asvdS— @siyould 13 February 2014
@NorthwichNews http://t.co/HLj8Zn6SE4— @siyould 13 February 2014
For the rest of the afternoon Jame's will be mostly fixing fence panels#wintery #wind #northwich #cheshire— @reemexecutive 13 February 2014
RT @rgd1973: This branch is currently blocking the hollow lane cottage path near the Builders Arms pub #knutsford http://t.co/rgN05GRGGT— @KnutsfrdReTweet 13 February 2014
RT @NWmwaypolice: HA are attending to reports of a swan in the carriageway M6 S/B J19-J18 Knutsford do Holmes Chapel. HA have set cygnets i…— @Mairead1223 13 February 2014
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Good news for Cheshire residents is that the weather is supposed to get better and it's currently glorious in Northwich.
Nine traffic signal junctions are out of action due to power failures.
Cheshire East signals teams are out trying to restore services with the help of power companies.
- A537 Chelford Road/Bollington Lane, Monks Heath
- A34 Congleton Road/ Astrazeneca Southern Entrance, Months Heath
- A34 Congleton Road/Bollington Lane, Monks Heath
- A34 Congleton Road/A537 Chelford Road, Monks Heath – temporary lights
- A51 Burford Cross Roads, Acton – Temporary lights in operation
- A530 Baddington Lane Bridge, Whitchurch Road, Nantwich – temporary lights in operation
- Flag Lane/Wistaston Road, Crewe
- Crewe Green Link Road Roundabout
- Sydney Road/Hungerford Road, Crewe
In Crewe, there were reports of structural damage to chimneys, roof tiles and the gable end of house in West Street.
Cheshire East Council is currently assessing its safety.
Update has just come in from Cheshire East Council:
It reads: "A night of hurricane winds caused mayhem across Cheshire East – pulling down power lines and leaving thousands of households in darkness.
"Wind speeds reaching almost 100mph battered both south and north of the Borough, meaning the Council received an unprecedented number of calls, including reports of more than 200 trees torn down and several buildings damaged – including Crewe Railway Station.
"Leader of the Council Michael Jones, who had a power cut in his own ward of Bunbury, praised the spirit of residents.
"He said: “We’ve had unprecedented calls and I can only praise staff who worked through the night to make sure that power was reconnected and the vulnerable were cared for – and we are confident that we can make a quick recovery now.
“I’ve been hearing stories of how well people in the borough have dealt with this in true British spirit, and they should be praised.”
Cheshire police reported a total of 1,457 calls, 685 of which were 999 calls and 772 non-emergency calls – a 60 per cent increase.
There were 752 weather-related incidents, the majority being trees and cables down causing disruption on the roads and hazards to the public.
Juliet writes in from across the pond
12:47pm Thu 13 Feb 14
Just be glad you don't live in America! (from a former Northwich resident, now in Tennessee)
Power loss still a problem across Knutsford. Have you been affected? Tweet us @KnutsfordNews— @CaraC_KG 13 February 2014
THREE schools in our area have been forced to close today.
Closures have also been confirmed at Delamere Primary, Kelsall Primary and Antrobus St Marks Primary.
It was estimated at midnight last night that power cuts had affected approximately 12,500 properties across Cheshire.
@middlewichnews @GinaBebbington Fence down on Waters Edge Mews, Middlewich http://t.co/KBNolhYQgr— @DazTheDJ 13 February 2014
Update on power in Lower Peover and Plumley
@mossequ1 @KnutsfordNews Apologies, secondary faults on the network could be impacting but we are aware and still working.— @SPEnergyNetwork 13 February 2014
CHESHIRE West and Chester Council teams are continuing the clean-up operation after working throughout the night to deal with damage caused by the gale force winds.
Highways and Streetscene staff responded to reports of approximately 150 fallen trees across the borough.
Reports began coming in shortly after 4pm and teams worked round the clock to remove trees and unblock roads
Gangs with road sweepers are out across the borough today to clear away any remaining debris.
Clr Lynn Riley, Executive Member for Localities, said: “I would like to pay tribute to our Highways and Streetscene teams who worked throughout the night to deal with an unprecedented number of fallen trees.
“The winds were somewhat stronger in west Cheshire than forecast so the damage was more widespread than we had anticipated.
“Despite having to redeploy staff to clearing so many trees, our Highways teams still managed to complete overnight gritting across all the usual routes.
“I would also like to say a heartfelt thank you to the many local residents who braved the unpleasant conditions to clear debris.
“It is very gratifying to see that community spirit is very much alive and well in west Cheshire.”
But to be fair to Steve he has said he's been without power for 13 hours
RT @steve_b77: @GinaBebbington could barely cope, oh that and 13hrs without power— @GinaBebbington 13 February 2014
@GinaBebbington we lost a bird feeder, gutted http://t.co/xoSgensMae— @steve_b77 13 February 2014
Follow our live blog.. Cheshire Storm: The Aftermath http://t.co/0g2Elf66hU— @alexbysouth 13 February 2014
SANDIWAY residents were out and about last night helping to clear bits of fallen tree off the roads.
A local resident, Amy, said: Thanks to those that helped out clearing the fallen trees this evening on the road heading towards Sandiway church.
“Hope the guy that drove off is ok.”
Tatton Park is closed today as well as rangers clear up the mess. Hearing a lot of trees, including one across the Knutsford entrance, fell during the storm.
The park and mansion is being affected by power outages as well, with phones currently out.
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Is your power still out? I'm hearing a lot of places in Knutsford have been set back to the Victorian age today.... http://t.co/SNf2irGyLD— @TheKWB 13 February 2014
ONE resident on Porter Drive, Rudheath, had roof tiles ripped from his bungalow by the wind last night, narrowly missing his car.
He said: “I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night, the trees outside were nearly vertical so I don’t know what speed the wind must have got up to.
“The clouds were moving across the sky at an unbelievable speed. The tiles that came off my roof are barely a month old!”
THE wind seemingly hit Leftwich hard, with another resident telling The Guardian the storm dislodged their chimney pot.
“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. What a nightmare. It looks like next door have lost their power too.”
RT @KnutsfordTown: @SPEnergyNetwork Spoken to a couple of #Knutsford residents today who have reported powercuts in the Ashworth Park area— @CllrAMalloy 13 February 2014
@ElectricityNW Power off in Ashworth Park Knutsford WA16 since 18:30 last night. Any news? Thanks— @SteveSach 13 February 2014
Nick Jones was at the scene of the fatal crash in Lower Withington earlier.
This is a picture of police officers examining a Land Rover in the kerb.
Leftwich resident Joanne Wedtwood told our man Alex: “Struggled to keep our fence panels in the fence , went outside and very scary.
“Back garden trashed and all panels snapped in Leftwich, then came the power cut; worst thing I’ve ever had to deal with.”
More dramatic stuff from Alex and Nick:
A CAR port attached to a bungalow on Malpas Road was demolished by the strong winds.
Next door neighbour Michael Cawley heard the brick structure being reduced to rubble.
“It frightened me to death,” he said. “I was with my auntie and we just heard this massive bang, then I looked outside and could see all this fluffy stuff from the insulation flying everywhere.
“The fire brigade came out to check our house and our loft too, they said if there were any sparks or if the lights were flickering at all then to contact the council – it was pretty scary!”
More tree damage in Mansion Drive, Knutsford. These taken by Clr Andrew Malloy
@SPEnergyNetwork Spoken to a couple of #Knutsford residents today who have reported powercuts in the Ashworth Park area— @KnutsfordTown 13 February 2014
Reporter Alex Bysouth writes:
WITH wind speeds topping 80mph last night, the Guardian visited residents who have been reflecting on the damage caused by the storm.
Ken Lee, who lives on Ash Street, only bought a new car on Saturday but the storm ripped a tile from his roof and sent it smashing through his boot window.
“The slate went through the glass in my boot, right the way through the car and hit the front,” said the 79-year-old.
“The car has only done 51 miles – I only bought it on Saturday, it’s brand new! I haven’t had a chance to look inside and see how much damage it’s done to the interior yet.
“It’s typical, I’m the only one on the road whose car has been hit! I guess if you have to laugh about it, if you can’t do that then what can you do?
“The one bit of damage the storm did down this road was to take one slate off my roof and hit my car, the slate must have been travelling sideways.”
11:50am Thu 13 Feb 14
A wall of the garage at the end of my back yard blew over and the roof caved in!
Gloria Ackerley from Delamere has sent this dramatic picture of her play chalet on its roof.
She told the Guardian: "It was bowled over by the wind on the night of 12th February.
"It is a very heavy house and still intact, but too heavy to move. The slide is squashed.
"The scene reminded me of Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" with our six year-old granddaughter, Daisy Ackerley, who lives in Tarporley."
Our chief photographer Nick Jones and reporter Alex Bysouth have spent the morning visiting people across Cheshire affected by the gales that struck last night.
Out and about with @resophonick talking to residents in Rudheath whose houses were damaged by the wind last night!— @alexbysouth 13 February 2014
The storms in the county have claimed their first victim. A 33-year-old man has died after crashing his car in Lower Withington trying to avoid a tree.
More on the story can be read by clicking here
Residents across Cheshire have been clearing up fallen trees from their property all morning.
This beast of a branch came down on Mansion Drive late yesterday afternoon... http://t.co/L44HoTZ1Zf— @CllrAMalloy 13 February 2014