Everything you need to know about Storm Aileen hitting Merseyside

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An area of low pressure will bring strong winds and heavy rain to Merseyside and has been named as the first storm on the season.

Why has a storm been named ?

Storm Aileen has been named because an amber warning has been issued and there is a risk of very high winds.

The high winds will be the result of an approaching area of low pressure that will hit the UK tonight.

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 When will the storm hit ?

The storm is expected to hit tonight and in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Winds are expected to be at their strongest around 1am on Merseyside.

What can we expect ?

Storm force winds of up to 75mph can be expected in the amber warning area, which does include Merseyside.

The track of storm Aileen is set to run right across the area, meaning parts of Merseyside could see the worst of the weather.

The strong winds could lead to damage to trees and perhaps buildings, power cuts, flying debris and large coastal waves.

The rest of Wednesday will see further heavy rain and strong winds as the storm passes.

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When will the rain arrive ?

The worst of the rain is expected to arrive around 6pm, when it will be very heavy in places.

The Met Office warn that the heavy rain could lead to some localised flooding.

 

What is an amber weather warning ?

There is an increased likelihood of bad weather affecting you, which could potentially disrupt your plans and possibly cause travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property.

Amber means you need to be prepared to change your plans and protect you, your family and community from the impacts of the severe weather based on the forecast from the Met Office

What do the Met Office say ?

A forecaster has 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 1-2 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”.

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