STORM Hector will bring severe windy weather to the north of the UK today with gusts of up to 70 mph expected to hit.
The Met Office warns of cancellations to rail, air and ferry services and damage to property. Here’s what we know…
Caters News Agency High speed winds are sweeping across Britain as Storm Hector strikes
Which areas will be worst hit by Storm Hector?
Gales and winds of up to 70mph are set to hit UK commuters until 3pm today as Storm Hector makes its way from the Atlantic.
Much of Britain is covered by a yellow warning, but the north and west of Northern Ireland is under a more serious amber warning.
The Met Office said injuries and a danger to life are now “likely” in coastal areas of many parts of Northern Ireland.
They warn of a chance of large waves and potential for beach debris to end up on roads, sea fronts and properties.
Those travelling at rush hour have been urged to take care as potential disruption caused by the wet and windy storm is predicted.
Weather experts predict winds speed in Northern Ireland to reach 70 mph and in Western Scotland to top nearer 60 mph
What does the Met Office say about Storm Hector?
The Met Office said: “The strongest winds will reach the west coast during the early hours of Thursday before spreading eastwards.
“Westerly winds are likely to gust between 50 and 60mph in many areas and possibly around 70mph in some exposed locations.
“Winds should gradually ease from the west during Thursday afternoon.
“In addition, a spell of heavy rain will accompany the wind with the highest rainfall totals over parts of western Scotland.”
Met Office forecaster Sophie Yeomans added: “Over the rest of England and Wales it will just be a strong, blustery day.
“With any outdoor events planned, it may be something people are unprepared for or come as unexpected compared to the weather we have had recently.”
What is an amber weather warning?
Compared to a yellow weather warning, amber means there is an increased likelihood of bad weather affecting the public.
This potentially means cancelling plans, having to deal with travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property.
When the Met Office issues an amber warning, it means experts believe you should be prepared to change your plans and protect you, your family and community from the impacts of the severe weather.