Storm Eleanor has been named and will hit Merseyside with winds of up to 80mph

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During the early hours of Wednesday winds of up to 60 mph are expected, with some more exposed or coastal locations seeing potential gusts of up to 80 mph.

A yellow severe weather warning is in place as it will continue to be windy throughout Wednesday, with the Met Office warning that ‘danger to life waves’ could pose a threat to coastal locations during high tide.

There could even be power cuts and disruption to mobile phone services as the fifth named storm of the season approaches, forecasters warn.

A forecaster at the Met Office said: “A deepening area of low pressure, now named Storm Eleanor, will track east across the centre of the UK.

“This will bring gales and severe gales to Northern Ireland and northern England late on Tuesday and overnight, clearing eastern England during Wednesday morning.

“The strong winds may clip southern Scotland, with continued uncertainty in the northern extent.

“Further south, severe gales affect western and southern coasts this evening and overnight, with a very squally feature bringing a short spell of intense rainfall and very strong gusts to some inland localities.

“Wednesday daytime sees a very blustery day, with squally gusts accompanying showers in many areas.

“Throughout this period, gusts of 60-70 mph are likely along exposed coasts, with the more exposed locations seeing gusts close to 80 mph. Inland gusts exceeding 60 mph are possible”.

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