Storm Barra: Manchester attractions forced to close as high winds hit region

Strong gusts have impacted the city-region as Storm Barra moves over - with the Chill Factore among the sites damaged.

Storm Barra made itself known from Tuesday morning, with gusts of wind and heavy showers moving across from Ireland.

The forecast for Wednesday is for heavy rain and moderately strong winds, easing off as we head into Thursday.

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The Chill Factore ski slope in Manchester had to cancel activities on Tuesday and shut the building and car parks after wind damaged the roof. A statement on their website said contractors will need to assess the building on Wednesday morning before it can reopen.

And the Lightwaves illuminated outdoor show at Salford Quays has decided not to open on Tuesday evening due to the poor forecast. It comes after the glowing Earth sculpture was taken out of action due to gusty weather over the weekend.

National Rail has advised train passengers to check their website before travelling, particularly if heading north to Scotland where some services have been disrupted.

And the Met Office is providing real time weather updates on its social channels throughout the day.