Storm Freya set to slam into Merseyside bringing strong winds and heavy rain

A deep area of low pressure named storm Freya will arrive on Sunday bringing strong winds and heavy rain.

Gusts of up to 60-80 mph are forecast to hit Merseyside through Sunday afternoon, which has led to the Met Office issuing yellow severe weather warnings for wind.

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Jason Kelly, said: “Storm Freya undergoes rapid cyclogenesis late Saturday and early Sunday as it moves across the eastern Atlantic Ocean towards the British Isles, this means the area of low pressure will deepen quickly as it moves towards us. 

“This is a developing situation and the track of Freya’s strongest winds could change over the next few days, so we are advising people to keep an eye on the latest forecast and warnings from the Met Office.

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Forecasters are warning that the storm could bring down trees and travel disruption, as well as large waves at the coast.

Describing the potential impacts of Storm Freya, Jason said: “Where winds are strongest we can expect significant disruption to travel, with damage to buildings and trees likely. It’ll be especially dangerous near coastal areas due to the wind whipping up large waves.”

The severe warnings are in place from 3pm Sunday to 6am Monday

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