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Strong winds in Greater Manchester lead to more than 120 fire calls

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Media captionA plane aborted landing at Manchester Airport after winds of up to 70mph swept across the North West.

Winds of up to 70mph led to more than 120 emergency fire call-outs within a three-hour period in Greater Manchester.

The roof was blown off a row of shops in Moorfield Avenue, Denton, flights were diverted at Manchester Airport, and trees brought down on Sunday.

Electricity North West has restored power to more than 10,000 homes with about 1,000 outstanding.

A Met Office severe weather warning for heavy rain and winds remains in place.

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Image caption The roof of shops in Moorfield Avenue, Denton was blown off on Sunday

Gusts of up to 60mph are expected and an Environment Agency flood alert is in place on the Upper River Irwell at Oldham, Bolton, Rochdale, Haslingden, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall.

An earlier alert on the Fleetwood to Blackpool coast is no longer in force.

Image caption Irlam Square in Salford was evacuated when a 50ft (15m) tree fell

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service received 126 calls between 12:00 and 15:00 GMT and all 41 stations in the area were called out.

Firefighters responded to incidents including trees which had fallen onto properties and vehicles, damaged buildings and road blocks.

In Irlam Square, Salford, a 50ft (15m) tree fell on to a block of flats. A woman was treated for shock and the building was evacuated before being made safe.

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Image caption Winds caused a tree to fall over in St Helens, Merseyside

Five planes were diverted from Manchester Airport as a result of the high winds.

A spokeswoman said three planes were diverted to East Midlands Airport and another two to Birmingham Airport.

An aircraft that was due to land in Leeds was diverted to Manchester.

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Image caption Gusts caused disruption to a road in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire when a tree fell into the road

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