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Residents in Skelmersdale reported a tornado swept through the town, causing serious damage to properties and the ground. Lancashire and Greater Manchester fire crews were scrambled to tackle damage from the gusts. Police have confirmed the area’s affected by the dangerous weather occurrence are predominantly Eskbank, Tanhouse and Grimshaw Road.
Both fire crews arrived at the scene where the tornado had caused damage at 12:09pm.
Several properties were damaged due to the extreme weather and required three fire engines to be deployed.
A spokesperson for Lancashire Fire and Rescue said: “At 12:09 on 29th October, 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 involved several domestic properties that were damaged due to inclement weather.
“Firefighters worked to make the scene safe. They currently remain in attendance.”
Lancashire Constabulary issued a statement about the extreme weather event.
They said: “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 within Skelmersdale.
“Thankfully there are currently no reports of injuries, but there is some damage to roofing and 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.
“A great community spirit and great partnership working. Thanks to everyone involved.”
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