Storm Erik will become a weatherbomb and will slam into Merseyside say forecasters

Storm Erik has been named as the 5th storm of the season by the Met Office.

This is because the area of low pressure will become undergo ‘explosive cyclogenesis’ over the next 24 hours

Explosive cyclogenesis is also known as a weatherbomb, which is the rapid deepening of an extratropical cyclonic low-pressure area.

As it approaches the UK it will pick up strength which will result in very strong winds and heavy rain.

READ MORE: Strong winds bring down trees across Wirral blocking roads

Merseyside has been placed on yellow severe weather warnings for strong winds.

The strong winds are expected to batter region through Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Warnings are in place from 12pm Friday to 6pm on Saturday as gusts of up to 60 mph are expected.

The Met Office have warned the region to expect travel delays, power cuts and large costal waves as the strong winds hit.

READ MORE: Merseyside warned to expect another TWO days of strong winds

The Met Office say: “A deep area of low pressure is expected to track across northern Britain later on Friday and through early Saturday. Southwesterly winds will strengthen through Friday.

“Gales will become widespread later on Friday, persisting well into Saturday whilst becoming more westerly.

“Whilst some places may miss the worst of the winds, inland gusts of 50 mph are expected quite widely, with some places having gusts in excess of 60 mph, more especially across the north of the warning area on Saturday.

“Gusts of up to 70 mph are likely around some coasts exposed to the west or southwest.

“Winds will gradually ease on Saturday, with the strongest winds becoming confined to Scotland on Saturday afternoon.

“These winds will lead to large waves affecting coasts and the possibility of waves overtopping some coastal routes, especially in the west and south of the warning area.

“In addition, bands of heavy rain sweeping eastwards on Friday in particular will present an additional hazard.”

On Thursday gusts of 54 mph were recorded during which brought down trees across Wirral.

Fallen trees blocked roads at Townshend Avenue in Irby and Raby Road.

There was also reports of severe traffic disruption on Church Road near St Andrews Church in Bebington due to another fallen tree.

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