These are some of the pictures sent in by readers as strong winds caused havoc across Crewe and Nantwich today.

Trees were brought crashing down across many main routes around Nantwich, causing severe delays and diversions.

Roads blocked or partially blocked included the A534 Chester Road at Acton, and the A51 near the former Stapeley Water Gardens site in Nantwich.

Firefighters were called to an incident on Wettenhall Road near Reaseheath College where a tree was blown down on to a car, trapping the driver inside.

Crews worked alongside tree surgeons from the college to clear the tree and cut the man out.

He was then handed to the care of the ambulance service, and the Reaseheath College road.

The picture (above) shows traffic struggling to get past a tree which was blown over close to the Cheerbrook roundabout on Newcastle Road, Nantwich.

tree down A51 in Nantwich, being cut up by workmenAnd the pictures (below and right) show a tree which crashed across the A51.

It was cleared by North West Motorway Police and Nantwich officers.

Two workers who brought chainsaws to cut the trunk and branches up.

Trees were also blown down on Middlewich Road between Nantwich and Middlewich, near the Peacock roundabout at Willaston, and on Cobbs Lane in Hough, near Shavington.

Cheshire East Council Highways have reported that more than 90 trees have been blown down across the borough.

Many areas have also been without power on and off throughout the afternoon and evening.

Houses in Shrewbridge Road, Wellington Road and Broad Lane areas have been hit.

The worst of the hurricane-force winds have passed over the region.

Now hundreds of residents face a clear up as scores of garden fences, furniture and children’s toys have been damaged and destroyed.

tree blocking A51 London Road at Nantwich


  1. Power was finally restored to homes and the school on Broad Lane at 03:00 on Friday 14th February.

    As a result of the storm on Wednesday, there were 5 fallen trees partially blocking Broad Lane, along a half mile stretch. Given the high volume of traffic resulting from London Road and M6 closures, and the speeds that vehicles were travelling, it is a wonder that there wasn’t at least one serious accident due to vehicles swerving into oncoming traffic to avoid the trees!

  2. E ford says:

    Houses and school on broad lane still without power went off yesterday @4.30 pm SP have been working on network since early evening today they say next up date will be 4 pm tomorrow afternoon.

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