Shocking map shows potential wind speeds from Storm Ciara that will batter Wirral

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This shocking map shows the potential wind speeds that will be generated by Storm Ciara.

Storm Ciara could be the strongest storm in years and the powerful winds on the way has meant a rare amber weather warning being issued.

The map shows potentail wind speeds of over 80 mph to batter Wirral through Sunday.

READ MORE: How will Storm Ciara affect Wirral and what does an amber weather warning mean ?

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Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Frank Saunders, said:  “Storm Ciara will bring damaging winds and heavy rain across the UK this weekend and we have issued a range of severe weather warnings giving people time to prepare for potential impacts of the storm.

“Winds will increase through Saturday across Northern Ireland, Scotland, northern England and Wales, before turning very windy across the rest of UK through the early hours of Sunday morning.”

Gusts of 50 to 60 mph are expected quite widely across inland areas, with even stronger gusts of 80mph or higher along coastal areas.”

Forecastsers have warned the storm will be a danger to life as winds could damage buidlings, cause power cuts and damage costal properties from flooding.

The Independent reports that Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said: ‘It is going to be more significant than the other two storms we have seen this season.

‘In terms of widespread effect, the last one it is on a par with was in 2013. Everybody will feel some effects from it.’

READ MORE: Storm Ciara: Worst storm in seven years on the way as rare amber weather warning issued for Wirral

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Guy Addington, Regional Water Safety Lead at the RNLI said: “This rough weather could making visiting our coasts around the UK and Ireland treacherous and bring very dangerous sea conditions.  

“Sadly, around 150 people accidentally lose their lives around UK and Irish waters each year and over half of these people didn’t plan on ever entering the water. Slips, trips and falls can be a major factor in these kinds of incidents.

“If you see someone else in danger in the water, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. If you have something that floats that they can hold on to, throw it to them. Don’t go in the water yourself – too many people drown trying to save others.”

Looking further ahead, Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders said:  “In the wake of Storm Ciara, it’ll remain unsettled and very windy across the UK and it’ll turn colder with wintry showers and ice an additional hazard, as we head into the new week.

“A wind and snow warning is in force for parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland on Monday as well as a further yellow wind warning in the south west of England.”

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