Storm Brian has officially been named and will batter Merseyside with 70 mph winds

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Storm Brian has officially been named and will batter Merseyside with 70 mph winds

A deep area of low pressure is forecast to slam into the UK over the weekend, bringing strong winds and heavy rain.

Wind warnings are in place for parts of Merseyside as 70mph gusts are expected, which has resulted in the naming of the second storm of the season, Brian.

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The strong winds could make it dangerous to be by the coast as large waves could be whipped up by the stormy conditions.

The warning is in place through the whole of Saturday and the worst of the winds are expected to hit Wirral during Saturday night.

The Met Office warn that some transport disruption is likely across the warning area, with delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport.

Short term loss of power and other services is also possible.

A forecaster at the Met Office said: “An intense low pressure system is expected to bring a swathe of strong winds over southwestern areas early on Saturday, these steadily transferring east through the morning and early afternoon.

“The winds initially southwesterly will gradually turn westerly later whilst also slowly easing.

“Gusts exceeding 50 mph are expected widely within the warning area, with gusts of around 70 mph along exposed coastal areas.

 

“These are expected to coincide with high tides, leading to locally dangerous conditions around the coast.

“This warning has been updated to now include coastal parts of northwest England and has also been extended further north over central England”.

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