A newly put up Christmas tree toppled to the ground and train services were cancelled as Storm Arwen hit Merseyside.

The Met Office issued a "danger to life" weather warning with the arrival of Storm Arwen.

A yellow weather warning for wind was initially in place for Saturday but was moved forward to cover Friday.

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Winds began to really pick up in Merseyside at around 9pm and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service urged people to not leave their homes or drive unless necessary.

A spokesperson from the service said: "We are attending a large No. of incidents across Merseyside caused by the current weather conditions including many fallen trees and roofs being blown off structures- please stay indoors and avoid driving if possible. Stay safe."

Trees began falling down across the region, with the majority being in Wirral.

One of the trees hit by the high winds was New Brighton's new Christmas Tree outside Prezzo, which was pictured lying on the pavement.

The New Brighton Christmas tree has fallen over in this evenings high winds
The New Brighton Christmas tree has fallen over in this evenings high winds

Merseyrail was also forced to suspend all trains in Liverpool as multiple trees came down in the Birkdale and Aughton Park areas.

Services in Wirral were also disrupted as trees fell in Leasowe and New Brighton.

Merseyrail said the disruption should have ended by today (Saturday, Novemeber 27) but is asking people to check before they travel.

A spokesperson said: “Services on our Northern lines are now suspended due to severe weather conditions.

"No further train services will run on the Northern line this evening. All passengers are advised to make their own alternative travel arrangements.

"We apologise for the inconvenience caused. We expect to run a normal service tomorrow but advise customers to check our website or Twitter feed (@merseyrail) before you travel.”

Maria Michaels, 40, from Kirkby was in the car with her 11-year-old son on Leeds Street, who has special needs, when she heard a 'loud bang'.

She then saw the roof of a derelict building fall into the road in front of her just meters away from her car.

Regents Way, Bebington, Wirral
Regents Way, Bebington, Wirral

Speaking to The ECHO she said: "He (my son) was very unsettled this evening so we went on a drive to see the beautiful lights at the Albert Dock.

"I just heard this awfully loud bang and then saw all of this debris in the road, at first I thought the car was going to get smashed by all of the debris but it was fine.

"My son wouldn't stop crying, he was traumatised. If I had left earlier we could have been hit by that roof."

A spokesperson from the fire service said: "The Fire Service are in attendance with 1 fire engine, crews and Police are clearing the carriageway on Leeds St. Fire crews were alerted at 8.36pm and on scene at 8.42pm."

Another woman contacted the ECHO to say roof tiles had flown through the window of her Wirral home.

A roof tile has come through the window of one woman's Wirral home
A roof tile has come through the window of one woman's Wirral home

Storm Arwen is expected to continue into Saturday, when more strong winds forecast for Merseyside.

The weather warning will remain in place until 6pm on Saturday, with temperatures reaching highs of 5 degrees.

The weather warning said: "Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible

"Some damage to trees, temporary structures and buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, could happen

"Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible. Some roads and bridges may close.

Jennifer Curry took this picture of a tree that's fallen in the wind on Scarisbrick New Road, Southport
Jennifer Curry took this picture of a tree that's fallen in the wind on Scarisbrick New Road, Southport

"Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage

"Injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties."

The Met Office forecast for the North West this weekend said: "Rain clearing southern parts of the region by mid-morning, with brighter skies and blustery showers following, these most frequent near the coast and turning wintry over higher ground later. Windy. Maximum temperature 8 °C.

"Very windy and cold on Saturday, with sunshine and showers, wintry over hills. Sunnier with much light winds on Sunday. Probably cloudier with rain, preceded by hill snow on Monday."

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