When will Storm Hector hit Merseyside and what will happen ?

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The Met Office has named storm Hector which will batter the UK bringing strong winds and heavy rain.

Why Hector ?

Strong winds and rain will arrive overnight on Wednesday through to Thursday as an area of low pressure picks up strength over the Atlantic.

The low pressure is expected to be that severe that a storm has been named.

A storm is named when a combination of both the impact the weather may have, and the likelihood of those impacts occurring.

When ?

The strong winds and rain will arrive overnight on Wednesday through to Thursday as an area of low pressure picks up strength over the Atlantic.

Merseyside is currently under a yellow weather warning for Wind from 3am – 3pm Thursday.

The region is expected to see the strongest gusts from 50-70mph around 8am.

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

Impacts ?

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 warmed 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.

Highways England has issued a Severe Weather Alert for users of high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes who are advised to take extra care when travelling due to the increased risk of these vehicles being blown over.

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How long ?

Heavy rain and strong winds will arrive during the early hours of Thursday morning but should gradually ease from the west during Thursday afternoon as the low pressure moves across Northern UK.

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.

Met Office ?

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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