Merseyside on alert as Storm Hector set to batter the region with 70mph winds

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The Met Office has named storm Hector and will batter the UK overnight on Wednesday.

The strong winds and rain will arrive as an area of low pressure picks up strength over the Atlantic.

The strongest winds will reach Northern Ireland during the early hours of Thursday before spreading eastwards across other northern parts of the UK during the morning.

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Westerly winds are likely to gust between 50 and 60 mph in many areas of Merseyside and possibly around 70 mph in some exposed locations.

The Met Office has warned the region to expect coastal flooding from large waves, power cuts, damage to buildings and disruption to mobile phone services as Hector smashes into the country.

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Heavy rain and strong winds should gradually ease from the west during Thursday afternoon.

The Met Office say that it’s possible that Amber warnings could be issued for some areas later on Wednesday or early on Thursday if the risk increases further.

Will Lang, Met Office Chief Meteorologist, said: “Storm Hector will deepen further tonight, allowing winds to strengthen during the early hours of Thursday morning.

 

“The strongest winds are expected to coincide with rush hour in Northern Ireland and later in the morning for southern and central Scotland. National Severe Weather Warnings have been issued as there is the potential for travel disruption, damage to buildings and power cuts.

“The public can prepare for the adverse weather this evening by securing loose objects such as garden furniture, outdoor toys and other loose objects. As it is summer and trees are in leaf, there is a greater risk of impact from debris.”

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