Bad weather in Florida means the group have to dash back to the safety of New York...

Snow Patrol have pulled out of dates on their US tour.

The group are out in North America playing shows in support of their current album ’Final Straw’.

However, the band were forced to pull out of shows in Florida because of the recent tropical storm in the region, forcing them back to their base in New York.

A tour source told NME.COM: “Snow Patrol had to cancel the first three gigs of their tour in the US over the weekend because of the hurricanes in Florida.

”The gigs they missed were in Fort Lauderdale, St Petersburg and Orlando. They were on the way there in the bus when things got quite hairy – trees were being blown over and telegraph poles were coming down!”

The band are in the running for this evening’s Mercury Music Prize, but because of their touring commitments won’t be at the actual ceremony.