Amber wind warning as Storm Aileen set to hit Lancashire

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for wind as Storm Aileen is set to bring strong winds to Lancashire.

The warning is in place from 00.05am until 6am on Wednesday morning.

It is expected the weather will cause delays to travel and may also damage trees, structures and cause power cuts.

The Met Office chief forecaster said: “The strongest winds are expected to arrive in the west around midnight and move quickly eastwards, with the worst of the winds likely to affect any one place for 1-2 hours.

“Gusts of 70-75 mph are most likely over hills and western coasts, but even further east gusts of 60-70 mph are possible.”

There is also a yellow weather warning for rain in place for Lancashire between 5pm on Tuesday and 8am on Wednesday.

The warning says this could cause issues on the transport network.

A statement from the Met Office said: “30 to 40 mm of rain falling within 6 to 9 hours seems likely to lead to flooding of some sections of road and perhaps also properties.

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