Storm Gertrude could bring winds of up to 70mph to Merseyside on Friday

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Wind Warning Map. CREDIT: Met Office

The Met Office have warned Merseyside to brace for strong winds and heavy rain.

Storm Gertrude which has officially been named will track across the UK through Friday, bringing winds which could reach 90mph to the far north of Scotland.

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On Merseyside, forecasters warn that winds may reach 60-70mph in exposed or costal areas which could result in the strongest winds the region has saw in months.

Heavy rain has also been forecast for the area with 20-40mm of rain predicted to fall over higher ground, although more low lying areas will see less than this.

A forecaster at the Met Office has said: “A rapidly deepening area of low pressure is expected to track close to northern Scotland during Friday.

“Currently, the far north of Scotland, particularly the Northern Isles, looks the most probable area to see the strongest winds, with the potential for damaging storm force winds here.

 

He added: “However, very strong and gusty winds are likely to develop to the east of high ground during the early hours of Friday, whilst a very squally cold front could bring gusts of 70-80 mph very locally to some inland parts during the morning, elsewhere, winds are expected to widely gust 60mph.

The warnings come after shocking footage emerged on Tuesday of people risking their lives to storm watch at Egremont on Wirral a few weeks ago.

The coastguard issued advice on watching large waves: “Strong waves often contain rocks, pebbles and stones which could injure the public as gale force nine winds can create waves up to 10m high.

They added: “Getting hit with large waves is like getting hit with a brick wall.

“It can be very dangerous, and we advise people to stay at a safe distance.”

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