Weather forecast: ‘Danger to life’ wind and rain warning issued
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning covering the north west for a period of strong winds and persistent rainfall.
The warning will come into force from 6am on Sunday, and this will remain in place through to midnight that night.
Forecasters say there is a small chance of injuries and a ‘danger to life’ from flying debris, as well as of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs.
There is also a chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected, as well as from road and bridge closures.
Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services such as mobile phone coverage.
Meanwhile on the coast, there is a small chance that injuries and a danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.
A Met Office spokesman said: “A period of strong winds and persistent rainfall is expected across parts of the UK during Sunday.
“While there is still some uncertainty as to the exact locations which will see the strongest winds, northern and western areas are likely to be most at risk.
“Many inland areas are expected to see gusts of 50mph to 60mph during this period. Coasts and exposed locations could see gusts of 60mph to 70mph or even higher.
“Prepare to protect your property and people from injury. Check for loose items outside your home and plan how you could secure them.
“Give yourself the best chance of avoiding delays by checking road conditions if driving, or bus and train timetables, amending your travel plans if necessary.
“People cope better with power cuts when they have prepared for them in advance. Consider gathering torches and batteries, a mobile phone power pack and other essential items.
“If you are on the coast, stay safe during stormy weather by being aware of large waves. Even from the shore large breaking waves can sweep you off your feet and out to sea.
“Take care if walking near cliffs; know your route and keep dogs on a lead. In an emergency, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.
“Be prepared for weather warnings to change quickly. When a weather warning is issued, the Met Office recommends staying up to date with the weather forecast in your area.