Storm Erik: High winds cause havoc in East Lancashire

Police are advising motorists to avoid travelling to Preston Old Road, Blackburn
Police are advising motorists to avoid travelling to Preston Old Road, Blackburn
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Motorists are being warned to be extra careful on the roads today as Storm Erik batters East Lancashire.

Gusts of up to 70mph could hit the area today, according to Met Office Forecasts and the weather has brought down trees in various locations across East Lancashire.

There are reports that gales brought down a tree on Trapp Lane, Simonstone and police are advising drivers to avoid Preston Old Road, Blackburn, as a fallen tree is blocking the road.

Road, rail, ferry and air travel is set to be affected by the gales too.

Tall vehicles travelling on exposed roads and bridges should also expect to be delayed by the weather, say forecasters.

And Lancashire's power supplies have placed engineers on standby in case of any electricity lines being affected.

Samantha Loukes, incident manager at Electricity North West, said: "Over the next 48 hours, we'll be closely monitoring the weather to ensure any damage is repaired and power returns as quickly as possible if it does go off."