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Storm Barbara to hit the Midlands this afternoon

Weather warnings are in place around the West Midlands Credit: Met Office

Storm Barbara is set to bring strong winds and Christmas chaos to the region today,according to forecasters.

Gusts of up to 90mph are predicted to hit the West Midlands this afternoon, with the worst of destruction expected between tonight and tomorrow morning.

Weather warning issued for Midlands

Yellow weather warning issued Credit: PA

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for fog.

The 'be aware' warning is due to last until 10am tomorrow morning (19 December). The Met Office is asking people to be aware of potential delays and hazardous driving conditions.

Areas of fog will expand this evening, possibly becoming quite widespread for a time and locally dense.

The main uncertainty relates to whether the fog persists into the Monday morning rush hour.

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Former Central TV weatherman Ian McCaskill dies

Ian McCaskill gives the weekend weather forecast from Bartley Green reservoir. Credit: ITV News Central

Former Central TV weatherman Ian McCaskill has died at the age of 78.

The flamboyant presenter was famed for his Scottish accent and enthusiastic style on screen - becoming recognised for his explanation of isobars, warm fronts and anticyclones.

He presented the weather on the BBC for 20 years until he retired in 1998.

His daughter Kirsty McCaskill told the BBC:

Ian McCaskill's family is sad to announce that Ian, 78, died on Saturday 10 December 2016 after living with dementia for the past five years.

Ian was a truly lovely man who loved his family unconditionally and brought lots of sunshine to people's lives with his friendly smile, kindness and sharp wit.

He is survived by his wife Pat, whom he adored, two daughters, Vicky and Kirsty, two step-sons, Tim and Matthew, and nine grandchildren. He will be deeply missed.

– Kirsty McCaskill

Your pictures: Beautiful sunsets captured in the Midlands

These have been sent to us overnight from viewers across the region who managed to capture a number of impressive sunsets on camera.

This one was taken last night over Stechford. Credit: Tony Watson
Picture taken from an office window at Abbey Park in Redditch. Credit: Paul Wilde
'Madness in the sky' picture taken in Netherhall, Leicestershire. Credit: Abbie Trevor
Swanshurst Park in Birmingham just as the sun is going down. Credit: John Penlington

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