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Amber warnings of storm-force winds for ex-Ophelia

Impacts are most likely to happen in the afternoon and into this evening Photo: Met Office

A yellow, and in some parts amber, warning for strong winds has been issued for Cumbria and Southern Scotland from midday and into tomorrow.

Winds of between 55 and 65 mph are expected to reach much of the yellow warning area in association with ex-Ophelia.

There is potential for gusts of up to 80 mph to reach coasts in the amber warning area.

Yellow and amber warning areas Credit: Met Office

Impacts are most likely to happen in the afternoon and into this evening.

Public transport services may be affected, with delays and cancellations possible.

Power cuts may happen and there could be some damage to buildings, which could lead to injuries from flying debris.

Residents of coastal areas are advised to stay clear of sea routes and fronts as there is potential for large waves.

SP Energy Networks said:

Even though power cuts are rare events for most people, during times of extreme weather they become more likely, making it important for everybody to be prepared for a power cut.

We have a team of engineers on hand 24/7 who will come out to your area to fix any power outages, but the sooner we know about it the better.

You can report any power outages to us by calling the emergency hotline 105 or 0800 092 9290.”

– SP Energy Networks spokesperson