Merseyside issued severe weather warning for strong winds as 70 mph gusts expected

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The Met Office has placed Merseyside on a yellow severe weather warning as ex-hurricane Helene heads towards the region.

The forecaster has said that parts of Merseyside could see gusts of 65mph through Monday and into Tuesday.

The warning is in place from 6pm on Monday until 8am on Tuesday morning.

Strong gusts could lead to loss of power, large waves at the coast and fallen trees the forecaster has warned.

The Met Office said: “Storm Helene is expected to move northeastwards across the British Isles later Monday and early Tuesday before clearing into the northern North Sea by early Tuesday morning.

“A spell of strong winds is expected, initially mainly in the far southwest of England and across western Wales.

“The strongest winds then transfer northwards to be over northern England and, perhaps, the far south of Scotland, during the early hours of Tuesday.

“Winds are likely to gust into the 40s or low 50s mph quite widely across the warning area.

Meanwhile, in some Irish Sea coastal areas, most likely in Wales and northwest England, gusts to 55-65 mph are likely with possible isolated gusts in excess of 70 mph in the most exposed places.

“High gusts in the 50s or low 60s mph area also possible over high ground in northern England during the early hours of Tuesday.”

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