Tornado hits town!

Tornado hits town!

by Henry James (November 2021)

A TOTAL of 24 homes in Skelmersdale were damaged when a reported tornado struck the town just after 12pm last Friday.

Emergency services confirmed that the streets affected by the freak weather burst were in Eskbank, Tanhouse and Grimshaw Road.

Residents were told to not go near the area while work was carried out to make sure properties were safe.

Following the incident some residents had to be evacuated from their homes.

A statement by Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service said: “At 12:09pm on October 29, three fire engines from Skelmersdale and Ormskirk attended a dangerous structure incident on Eskbank, Skelmersdale. One support pump from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service also attended. The incident involves approximately 24 domestic properties damaged due to inclement weather.

“A further three fire engines and an aerial ladder platform from Chorley, Preston and Fulwood were also in attendance. Firefighters worked with Lancashire Police and West Lancashire Borough Council to make the buildings safe and assist residents.”

People were also advised to avoid the area.

West Lancs Policing Team added: “West Lancashire isn't known for it's extreme weather, but just before midday today, a tornado (confirmed by residents) has travelled through the area causing a significant amount of damage to properties.

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“Thankfully there are currently no reports of injuries, but there is some damage to roofing, which is on the floor due to this.

“The community have been fantastic confirming neighbours safety and welfare, and emergency services have been quick to respond.

“A special thanks to the LFRS who are currently on-site ensuring building safety removing loose tiles, along with WLBC who have immediately deployed the Clean and Green Teams and emergency housing officers to conduct property surveys and ensure any family displacement is taken care of.

“If anybody needs support, or if you are concerned about anybody, please call or make yourself know to officers on site. This has been an example of great community spirit and great partnership working.”

West Lancashire was also hit by heavy rains on Sunday night and Monday morning, causing widespread flooding.

Northway in Skelmersdale had to be closed between Asda and the Concourse Shopping Centre after it became flooded.

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