The latest Storm Barra was the roof ripped off a building on the Isle of Man and Manchester’s Chill Factore


Strong winds and rain ripped off the roof of a property on the Isle of Man, as the region battles its second severe storm in two weeks.

A yellow weather warning is in place with strong winds, heavy rain and snow expected across the UK.

Strong gales of up to 70 mph, caused by Storm Barra, disrupted travel across the Isle of Man and the northwest and some properties were damaged.

Dramatic footage of Storm Barra in Laxey as the roof rips off the building – Gavin Lucas.

What’s going on on the Isle of Man?

The storm created huge waves that swept across the island, inundating many parts of the ball.

In Laxey, a roof was ripped off a house, while several trees and other items were uprooted across the island.

Ronaldsway Airport was also closed for the day due to high winds and structural damage to the terminal’s roof.

A number of routes have been closed due to weather conditions, as well as the island’s ferry service from Lancashire.

Fallen trees blocked several roads around the island, including:

  • Ramsey Coast Road – tree down

  • Injebreck – down tree 1138

  • Anaghcoar – tree down – blocking the road

  • Glen Helen – tree down – blocked road

  • Glen Wyllin Dip – Road Completely Blocked

  • North of Ginger Hall Hotel towards Ramsey – partially blocked still passable

A fallen tree blocks a road on the Isle of Man. Credit: IOM Police

The Isle of Man’s only Covid-19 test center at the TT stand has been forced to close due to Storm Barra. The appointments are rescheduled.

Police said two elderly people were blown over and warned people to avoid putting themselves in danger by taking pictures of the weather.

A force spokesperson said: “Please don’t take chances and create additional demand for resources.”

They also urged people not to travel unless it is absolutely essential.

It is believed that strong winds will resume between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Manchester Chill Factore damage

The winds damaged the Beyond building, which houses the Chill Factore, shutting down the attraction and surrounding parking lots.

In a statement, he said: “The Beyond building suffered damage from high winds.

“As a result, we have made the difficult decision to close our building and surrounding parking lots with immediate effect to protect the health and safety of our guests and our team.

The roof of the Beyond building was damaged by high winds from Storm Barra, shutting down the complex. Credit: Freshness factor

“All activities for the remainder of the day have been canceled and we are in the process of contacting customers with reservations for today to reorganize their activities.

“We are waiting for contractors to come to assess the damage and we will provide more information as soon as possible through our website and social media accounts.”

New Brighton seafront

The beach was completely submerged, with waves all the way to the top of the sea wall.


In Bramhall, a large tree has been uprooted by high winds and is blocking a road.

Tree block road in Bramhall Credit: Alain reeves


The M57 in Merseyside is closed in both directions between J6 (Kirkby) and J7 (Liverpool) as we work to repair a hanging sign damaged by high winds.There is a 45 minute delay with 2.5 miles of congestion on the M58 West and a 40 minute delay with 4.5 miles of congestion on the M57 North.


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