Storm Aileen is on the way and will batter Wirral and Liverpool TONIGHT

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The Met Office has named the first storm of the season and it is set to batter Wirral and Liverpool tonight.

The upgrade of the weather warning to amber and naming of storm Aileen is down to an area of low pressure heading our way tonight.

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Winds of up to 70mph can be expected during the early hours of Wednesday, which could lead to damage to trees and perhaps buildings, power cuts, flying debris and large coastal waves.

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

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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”.

An amber warning 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.

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