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Storm Aileen set to hit the East Anglian coast

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for strong winds in parts of the Anglia region on Tuesday night into Wednesday. Photo: Boris Roessler/DPA/PA Images

The Met Office has issued strong wind warnings for the Anglia region.

An amber weather warning is in force from after midnight on Wednesday 13 September until 6am. A yellow weather warning is in force from 8pm on Tuesday 12 September until 10am on Wednesday 13 September 2017

Waves crash over a harbour wall on the south coast as Storm Angus hit the UK in November 2016. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/PA Images

The Met Office has issued a strong wind warning for parts of the Anglia region on Tuesday night into Wednesday.

Storm Aileen becomes the first named storm of the autumn and winter season in the British Isles.

The Met Office says the storm is expected to bring very strong winds with gusts of 50-60 mph on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.

The worst of the winds, with gusts to 65-75 mph, are expected to be across North Wales, southern parts of Northern England, the North Midlands and Norfolk, for which area a separate Amber warning is being issued.

Longer journey times by road, rail and air are likely, with restrictions on roads and bridges. There is also a chance of power cuts, and damage to trees and perhaps buildings. Along windward-facing coasts, some wave overtopping is possible.

The video below is a weather forecast animation of where the strongest winds are expected during the night

Met Office Amber Weather Warning

Storm Aileen will bring a brief spell of very strong westerly winds with gusts of 65-75 mph during the early hours of Wednesday.

Longer journey times by road, rail and air are looking likely, with restrictions on roads and bridges.

Damage to trees and perhaps buildings, as well as power cuts are expected.

Flying debris and large coastal waves are possible, and these could lead to injuries.

The amber and yellow weather warning areas for strong winds on Tuesday night into Wednesday. Credit: Met Office

"Gales and local severe gales are expected to arrive in the west of the region later on Tuesday evening and move eastwards overnight.

"Heavy rain will be an additional hazard, especially in the north of the warning area, resulting in especially difficult driving conditions.

"This warning has been expanded further south across Wales and also includes the far southeast of England, whilst the strongest winds are now less likely to affect Northern Ireland, Southern Scotland and the far north of England, so these areas have been removed.

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment
The area of the Anglia region covered by the Met Office yellow weather warning on Tuesday into Wednesday. Credit: Met Office

There has been some speculation that this weather is being driven by the severe weather in the Caribbean and US but the Met Office says there is no such connection.

Met Office Deputy Meteorologist Chris Tubbs said: “There are no links between the very strong winds we expect to see here in the UK and the hurricanes affecting the United States and the Caribbean at present. This system originated well north in the Atlantic Ocean, independent of the current Caribbean hurricanes”.

As Storm Aileen clears out eastwards into the North Sea, the UK will be left with cool showery conditions through the end of the week and into the weekend.

The showers will still be blustery on Thursday with the winds easing as we get closer to the weekend. Within the showers there will be some periods of brightness although it will still feel cool across the whole of the UK with top temperatures only reaching 18-19°C

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