Met Office issues danger to life warning as winds could spark UK-wide power cuts

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The Met Office has issued a 'danger to life' warning as the UK braces for intense winds that could sweep across Northern England and Northern Ireland over the weekend.

The forecaster has issued a blanket yellow weather warning for the region and anticipates that short-term loss of power and services are likely while the storm rages across the country.

There will also be some delays to road, rail, air, and ferry services as the 50mph winds spread inland.

The forecaster also believes there is a probability of gusts in excess of 70mph being recorded in some places during the storm.

The Met Office lists the following likelihoods of the intense storm.

  • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely
  • Probably some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer
  • Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely
  • Some short term loss of power and other services is possible
  • It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves

A spokesman for the Met Office said: "An area of strong winds will cross Scotland, parts of Northern Ireland and some northern counties of England on Saturday morning before easing during the afternoon.

"Gusts of widely 50-60 mph are expected and there is a chance of a brief period of gusts in excess of 70 mph in places, particularly for parts of eastern Scotland later in the morning."

The forecaster has advised that those in the epicentre of storm stay indoors as much as possible during the winds and not to travel unless the journey is necessary.

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