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Weather warning - Gale force winds

Warnings in place for Monday from midday until midnight Photo: Met Office

A deep area of low pressure on Monday – by this time the ex-tropical (or post-tropical) storm Ophelia – could possibly bring some damaging gusts of wind as we start the new working week. There is now a Yellow 'Be Aware' warning in place, which now covers central and western parts of the Border region to cover coast and hills.

55-65mph gusts are possible quite widely by the end of the day on Monday, with the coastline and Isle of Man in the firing line for 70-80mph gusts.

Possible impacts from the gale force winds include some delays to road, rail and air transport – with Irish Sea ferry crossings particularly prone to delays or cancellations. There is also a chance that power cuts may occur and some damage to buildings, such as tiles from roofs. Trees are still in leaf, meaning they are vulnerable to being damaged or completely blown over.

It is also possible that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves.

As the low pressure moves north and then east into Tuesday the potential for further disruption is possible overnight into the morning rush hour.

Take extra care and, if you have to travel, leave extra time for your journeys

For the latest warnings visit the Met Office.

Further warning overnight into Tuesday as winds move further east Credit: Met Office