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Greater Manchester bruised after encounter with Doris
Storm Doris has been making its way across Greater Manchester, leaving a path of destruction in its wake.
Since around 8am this morning (Thursday, February 23) Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has received around 150 calls and attended around 60 incidents. The majority of the calls we received were about trees falling across roads and footpaths, however some have been more dramatic.
Some of the most notable incidents that we have received calls about have included:
(12:47) The cladding on City Plaza in Piccadilly Place came lose. Firefighters used rope equipment to assess the situation and cordoned off the area.
(12:33) A large piece of cladding was hanging off the 5th floor of the Manchester Incubator Building. Crews attended the incident and ensured the area was structurally sound.
(13:34) A masonry tile fell from the 6th floor of an office building in Spring Gardens in Manchester.
The storm seems to be dying down after what has been a long day for the fire service. Speaking about the incidents recorded across the county Warren Pickstone, Head of Protection, said: “We’ve received a lot of calls today and credit has to go to all our staff in ensuring we maintained a high level of service.
“Hopefully we have now seen the worst of the storm but the public should remain wary of areas that may have been damaged by the high winds, be it lose roof tiles or fallen trees that could cause injury.”