Storm Aileen – the first named storm this season – is set to hit Merseyside tonight, bringing with it winds of up to 75mph.
The Met Office has issued Merseyside and other areas of the country with an amber warning for wind. An amber warning is issued when bad weather is likely to disrupt people’s plans and possibly cause travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property.
Storm Aileen will bring a brief spell of very strong westerly winds with gusts of 65-75 mph during the early hours of Wednesday. Longer journey times by road, rail and air are looking likely, with restrictions on roads and bridges. Damage to trees and perhaps buildings, as well as power cuts are expected.
Flying debris and large coastal waves are possible, and these could lead to injuries.
Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team issued a warning on Tuesday morning, asking the public to avoid exposed coastal areas during times of severe weather.
They added “Very strong winds of up to 75mph in exposed places such as coastal areas are looking increasingly likely.
We advise the public to avoid exposed coastal areas during times of severe weather.
If you get into trouble on the coast or see someone in difficulty, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”
In an assessment the Chief Forecaster’s said: “The strongest winds are expected to arrive in the west around midnight and move quickly eastwards, with the worst of the winds likely to affect any one place for one to two hours.
“Gusts of 70-75 mph are most likely over hills and western coasts, but even further east gusts of 60-70 mph are possible.”