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80mph winds to batter Lancashire as Met Office issues 'danger to life' weather warning

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Lancashire is set to be hit by winds of up to 80mph sparking a weather warning from the Met Office.

A yellow weather warning for wind has been put in place for the whole of Wednesday (October 5). The weather experts say 'strong winds may lead to disruption' and pose a 'danger to life' risk.

The majority of Lancashire is covered by the warning, including Preston, Blackpool, Lancaster, Morecambe, Blackburn, Chorley, Accrington, Fleetwood and Lytham. Only the outskirts of Burnley and eastern parts of Rossendale are not included.

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The Met Office says the deep low pressure system could bring gusts of 70 to 80 mph in Northern parts of the UK. However, it is most likely that gusts will reach 55 to 65 mph.

As a result, the Met Office has warned that there is a small chance of injuries and danger to life, road closures and damage to buildings.

The Met Office said: "There is a chance of a deep low pressure system bringing gusts of 70 to 80 mph to northern parts of the UK on Wednesday. Should this develop disruption would be expected.

"However, the most likely scenario is for gusts of 55 to 65 mph within parts of the warning area, most likely the northern Irish Sea and parts of eastern Scotland, bringing some more localised impacts. In addition, heavy rain may prove an additional hazard across northwestern areas."

What to expect

  • There is a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris
  • There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs
  • There is a small chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected
  • There is a small chance that some roads and bridges could close
  • There is a slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties

Here is the five-day Met Office forecast for the region:

Today:

It will be mostly dry on Monday with sunny spells, particularly during the morning. High level cloud will gradually increase during the afternoon as winds strengthen later in the day. Maximum temperature 17 °C.

Tonight:

Dry for much of the night with some clear intervals. However, cloud will thicken during the early hours of Tuesday with light and patchy rain affecting Cumbria. Rather windy too. Minimum temperature 11 °C.

Tuesday:

Windy on Tuesday morning as a band of rain moves southwards, the rain locally heavy. A little brightness developing during the afternoon, although further showery outbreaks of rain also arriving. Maximum temperature 17 °C.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Very windy with coastal gales on Wednesday as a band of heavy rain pushes quickly south. Sunny spells and blustery showers following for Thursday and Friday. Generally mild.

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