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Storm Ciara: Greater Manchester travel chaos and power cuts

Train lines flooded Image copyright Network Rail
Image caption Northern has cancelled more than 140 trains

Storm Ciara is causing chaos across Greater Manchester with travel disruption and power cuts.

Electricity North West said 2,000 homes in the region were without power overnight due to a fallen tree.

Fallen trees have affected Metrolink trams, and floods have affected rail services, caused road closures and forced the postponement of Manchester City's clash with West Ham.

Amber weather warnings for heavy rain and wind and are in place.

Northern has cancelled more than 140 trains across the north of England with the rail firm issuing a warning to passengers not to travel between Todmorden and Rochdale.

It said there was a road replacement in place between Manchester and Rochdale "as long as road conditions permit".

The rail firm said the Manchester Victoria to Bolton service was affected by flooding, but was still currently running, and there was a reduced hourly service operating between Hadfield and Manchester Piccadilly.

The planned road replacement vehicles between Blackburn and Manchester Victoria will terminate at Burnley Manchester Road due to road closures.

The motorways have been affected by surface water.

A lane was closed at junction 19 at Middleton on the M60, but has now re-opened.

The A628 Woodhead Pass in Hollingworth, Greater Manchester, from the A57 at Mottram Moor and A616 at Flouch has been shut due to strong winds.

The Metrolink has been hit by winds blowing trees over and blocking tram lines.

There are no services operating between Rochdale and Shaw and Crompton, and Bury and Whitefield, as well as St Werburghs Road and East Didsbury in either directions due to fallen trees.

Image copyright Highways England
Image caption Flooding has affected roads and motorways

It has also affected football fixtures.

The Environment Agency has issued 30 flood warnings in Greater Manchester.

Electricity North West said it had restored power to more than 2,000 properties across the North West and had more than 200 extra engineers on standby.

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