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Strong wind warning for the Anglia region early on Thursday

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for strong winds across the region, with gusts of 50-60 mph Photo: ITV Anglia

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for strong winds through the early part of Thursday. There is the potential for travel disruption and damage with wind gusts of 60-70 mph or higher.

The Met Office says "Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible, along with some damage to buildings."

The warning is in force from 0005 hrs until 0900 hrs on Thursday 18 January 2018

The Met Office says very strong winds will affect parts of the UK early on Thursday.

The strongest winds are expected to transfer eastwards across the warning area, before clearing by mid-morning.

Road, rail and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations. There is also a possibility that some bridges may close.

Power cuts may occur, and there is the potential for other services, such as mobile phone coverage, to be affected.

Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible, along with some damage to buildings.

In addition, large waves are expected to affect some western coasts with beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.

This is an update to the warning, to increase the southward extent.

The area affected by the yellow weather warning for strong winds. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office Chief forecaster says

"Gusts of 50-60 mph are likely quite widely, with gusts of 65 -75 mph in some places - most likely across exposed western coastal districts during the middle part of the night and then across parts of Lincolnshire and East Anglia early on Thursday morning."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster

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