‘Stay indoors’ as storm hits

Brollies get blown inside out as shoppers battle the elements at the Houndshill Centre yesterday
Brollies get blown inside out as shoppers battle the elements at the Houndshill Centre yesterday

Anyone fancy a bit of winter sun?

The Canary Islands seem a long way off after the Fylde coast was yet again battered with high winds and heavy rain.

Wild weather on Blackpool prom

Wild weather on Blackpool prom

The coast bore the brunt of Storm Clodagh’s sweep across the UK.

Coastal towns have been issued a yellow warning as the week unfolds but the worst is said to be over, for now.

The gale warnings come as wind speeds reached 50mph at the weekend as people who dared to walk the Promenade were almost swept clean off their feet.

With the 30 metre tall blades of dune grass (locally known as the Promenade’s giant spoons) bending frantically against the winds, the Met Office have now issued weathers warnings over the coming days:

There is slight uncertainty as it’s a slow moving front at present

“There is slight uncertainty as it’s a slow moving front at present,” said Lindsay Mears, a spokesperson from the Met Office.

“Exposed coasts should always be on guard but the next few days should feel calmer but still very wet. The yellow warning has still been issued as the North can expect high winds to return by Friday.”

The current unsettled spell of weather continued as Storm Clodagh crashed through the UK causing bouts of severe gales, cloud and heavy rain.

Blackpool locals have taken to social media to warn others to stay indoors during these potentially dangerous conditions.

Wild weather on Blackpool prom

Wild weather on Blackpool prom

One Facebook user said: “Avoid going outside, the Promenade is chaos. Seen people literally rolling down the Prom, not safe at all.”

The Met office has announced snow showers and icy conditions across the North West from today onwards. The intense gusts are set to calm down over the next few days.

Wild weather on Blackpool prom

Wild weather on Blackpool prom

Wild weather on Blackpool prom

Wild weather on Blackpool prom

Wild weather on Blackpool prom

Wild weather on Blackpool prom

Wild weather on Blackpool prom

Wild weather on Blackpool prom

Brollies get blown inside out as shoppers battle the elements at the Houndshill Centre yesterday

Brollies get blown inside out as shoppers battle the elements at the Houndshill Centre yesterday

Wild weather on Blackpool prom

Wild weather on Blackpool prom