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LIVE 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
RT @nationalrailenq: Crewe station has re-opened #UKStorm— @rebekah_louisee 12 February 2014
RT @NorthwichNPU: Lots of trees down around Northwich - probably best to stay at home in the warm if you can - staff doing their best to cl…— @dannorthwich 12 February 2014
Just had update from Scottish Power saying power will remain out overnight and they will update us at 12 noon tomorrow! 😦— @mossequ1 12 February 2014
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
RT @DeesKDiary: But not quite The Great Storm of 1987 ...yet. #fingerscrossed— @KnutsfordNews 12 February 2014
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 email@example.com
Cheshire East Highways has said it has had reports of 90 fallen trees across its network
@GinaBebbington parents just phnd to say power off in lach dennis— @blackwell_cb 12 February 2014
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.
#Weaverham Tree blocking Forest Street between Lime Ave and A49 roundabout. Only just passable by car. Better to avoid and use village road.— @davidthomas338 12 February 2014
3 massive trees have fallen down at weaverham high school😱😱— @sophiecranex 12 February 2014
RT @yells1984: @IanIanrogers5 @KnutsfordNews mine keep flickering. I was in booths about half 4 and a few of theirs went out— @KnutsfordNews 12 February 2014
RT @rcchophouse: For those "Riders on the Storm", we are open for business as usual. #dunkirkspirit— @knutsfordmayor 12 February 2014
@salhudson tree & power cable down at Leighton hospital Crewe!! On Middlewich road! Been queuing an hour xx" @CreweTown"— @MandyGarratt 12 February 2014
Tree down on the Nantwich road from Crewe to #middlewich Be careful everyone!!— @EmmaBareBones 12 February 2014
We have power! Come down and indulge in our #realfires #realale #finewines we do a mean #hotchocolate as well :o)— @hazelpearinn 12 February 2014
Anyone fancy delivering a pizza to the office?!?— @KnutsfordNews 12 February 2014
Tree down on nun house #winsford http://t.co/rIVmhO1s6d— @kimfallows82 12 February 2014
RT @thequeensheads: Knutsford tree carnage on manchester road #nwstorms http://t.co/1UmwUJDGOi— @KnutsfordNews 12 February 2014
RT @rgd1973: Branch down on hollow lane, be careful out there #knutsford http://t.co/l9jr3JZUM2— @KnutsfrdReTweet 12 February 2014
Tree fallen on Manchester Road in #Knutsford. Stay safe folks— @DMorganguardian 12 February 2014
It would appear Knutsford is getting battered by the storm. Think I'll sit tight in TT Towers for a little longer.— @arthur_parsons 12 February 2014
For all you Manchester City fans out there. Tonight's game against Sunderland has been called off. Conditions have been deemed 'unsafe'.
RT @GinaBebbington: Power is off in Leftwich apparently and the A556 is a mess with debris #cheshirestorms— @Speedy1319 12 February 2014
RT @Travelingbymoto: Tree across the road #A50 north bound outside High Legh garden centre near #Knutsford #Cheshire. Steady folks. Very hi…— @davidfreelander 12 February 2014
A556 through tabley #knutsford is a stand still be carefull as street lights out and fallen trees.— @cheshireroses 12 February 2014
RT @lisejb: Trees down on Gough Lane and A50 in #Knutsford traffic horrendous through town #ukstorm— @CllrBCoan 12 February 2014
RT @BTPmediaNW: Hi @Crewe_News - please see the earlier tweets. Fire appears to have been caused by falling debris, but all staff and passe…— @DazAltTheory 12 February 2014
@banks247 lights flickering here in Winsford.— @Colinp02 12 February 2014
RT @rach_gall2316: Cheshire:Yet more trees down - A41 Vicars Cross, Wervin Road, Wervin, Forest Street, Weaverham, Chester Lane, Winsford, …— @BaxterMr 12 February 2014
Large branch down across pavement & road on Mansion Drive please be careful if you are going under these trees reported to @cheshirepolice— @knutsfordmayor 12 February 2014
The M6 Thelwall Viaduct will not reopen until the winds drop, the Highways Agency has just said.
Lots of sirens going off in Northwich.......
Been out dragging trees out of the road in Northwich, if you're in the queue behind us. You're welcome! Gonna miss the match— @Caddies 12 February 2014
Traffic lights out at roberts bakery #a556 #northwich— @CookieSam86 12 February 2014
RT @GuardianCarla: @Crewe_Nantwich reader has sent this picture of a hole in Crewe Station's roof. Check out http://t.co/KCpXtCMc5j http://…— @jsni 12 February 2014
@KnutsfordNews they evacuated their customers. Chimney fire or something! Smoke everywhere. It's going off!— @RossThaker 12 February 2014
Just taken 20 minutes to get from Middlewich to Holmes Chapel.. Not looking good for making it in time for kick off— @ScottLarry88 12 February 2014
@KnutsfordNews just lost all power in Ashworth Park!— @TriathleteH 12 February 2014
It would now appear the Rose and crown is on fire! It's all going off in Knutsford!! #Knutsford— @RossThaker 12 February 2014
Chiney fire at the Rose and Crown in King Street, Knutsford via Ross Thaker on Twitter. Customers evacuated
RT @TheFishpoolInn: APOLOGIES! We've no power so are currently un-contactable and unable to serve our customers :-( We're trying to rectify…— @GinaBebbington 12 February 2014
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
Power cut here in Northwich. Ive never seen weather like this. Extreme high winds! Stay safe folks!!— @FatlossptNeil 12 February 2014
Power is out in Northwich/Rudheath— @123cookiec 12 February 2014
@salhudson there are at least three trees fallen on the a559 and some beer kegs on the road between warrington and northwich.— @TorieAmy 12 February 2014
@louiseminchin a nightmare in Nantwich, fence gone, tree down, trains stopped, Crewe station closed!— @dabberuk 12 February 2014
NO training at Egerton this evening due to the strong winds #knutsford #cheshire— @EgertonFC 12 February 2014
Virgin Trains suspends all services out of London Euston until further notice... http://t.co/6C2E5gYxeE— @newsandstar 12 February 2014
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.
RT @SimonGThomas: Just seen a big tree down @tatton_park & heard of a slate hitting a car in #Knutsford #BeSafe out there http://t.co/HiBSg…— @CatchaDragonfly 12 February 2014
@bobdigby @VirginTrains no trains north of Stafford due to major power problems at Stafford and station emergency at Crewe.— @mattenigmamusic 12 February 2014
Crewe station closed as roof has been blown off; not something you hear every day— @Pezzi_91 12 February 2014
RT @LondonMidland: #Crewe Please be aware due to the roof being blown off, ALL services are currently at a stand through this station.— @DanJukes17 12 February 2014
RT @RossThaker: Bit windy today in Knutsford. 4 write offs! Ouch http://t.co/aAsqNDMpst— @Event_Buddha 12 February 2014
RT @DaniellaRusso95: Chaos between Holmes Chap and Knutsford- even Cranage. Crawling like a snail!! #driverupdates— @KnutsfordNews 12 February 2014
Chaos between Holmes Chap and Knutsford- even Cranage. Crawling like a snail!! #driverupdates— @DaniellaRusso95 12 February 2014