Weather warning updated for Preston as Storm Franklin brings strong winds

Uprooted tree in Avenham Park after Storm Eunice Pic: @sallyartyfarty

The Met Office has issued an updated yellow warning for further periods of very strong winds across Preston and the North West causing possible disruption.


The warning is in place from 12pm today (Sunday February 20) until 1pm tomorrow.

Winds are expected to strengthen across England and Wales on Sunday, with a band of very strong winds reaching Northern Ireland later on Sunday evening in association with Storm Franklin.

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These very strong winds will spread to many other parts of the west, central and south of the UK overnight and into early Monday, with gusts of 50-60mph expected.

Northwesterly winds will ease steadily for the remainder of Monday.

Trees on the Old Tram Road Pic: @martinbleasdale
Trees on the Old Tram Road Pic: @martinbleasdale

What to expect:

  • Some damage to buildings, such as blown tiles from roofs, could occur, as well as downed trees/branches
  • Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and possible cancellations
  • Some roads and bridges may close
  • Power outages may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage

Read more: Storm Eunice and Storm Franklin: Hourly weather forecast for Preston

The additional high winds follow issues caused by Storm Eunice, including closed roads, closure of Preston station and damage to homes.

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