Met office issue Merseyside weather warning for 60 mph winds as Christmas storm heads for UK

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The Met Office have issued Merseyside more severe weather warning for 60 mph winds.

A spell of very strong south to southwesterly winds is expected to develop on Friday.

Merseyside has been warned to expect damaging gusts of up to 60mph while the north of Scotland expect winds of up to 90mph.

This is down to the positioning of the jet stream allowing an area of low pressure over the Atlantic, which will bring strong winds and heavy rain.

The Met office say that there is potential for some structural damage – this more likely across the northwest of the warning area – as well as disruption to power supplies and travel, with restrictions on bridges and disruption to ferries.

A spell of heavy rain will accompany the strong winds during Friday morning and afternoon will bring poor driving conditions and some surface water flooding.

Additionally large waves will develop offshore, bringing a risk of wave overtopping along northwestern and northern coasts.

The Met Office said: “A deep depression, now named Barbara, will move northeastwards across the Atlantic, passing to the northwest of Scotland during Friday.

“South to southwesterly winds will increase earliest across Northern Ireland and western Scotland early on Friday, before transferring to the rest of Scotland, parts of northern England and northwest Wales through the day”.

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