Winds of up to 80mph are expected to hit the Midlands this weekend, as Storm Ciara arrives.

An amber warning for wind has been issued by the Met Office, in force from 8.00am tomorrow until 9.00pm.

Wind from 60mph to 70mph will be widespread across the region, with gusts of up to 80mph.

Trains and airports could be hit with cancellations and delays due to the adverse weather conditions, while forecasters have also warned of power cuts and possible damage to buildings.

Several rail firms announced they will operate reduced timetables due to speed restrictions because of the 80mph gusts.

Network Rail and train operators in England issued an alert to passengers, which read: “Only travel by train this Sunday if absolutely necessary.”

Strong winds have the potential to damage overhead electric wires and tracks due to debris or trees falling onto the railway.

Disruption could continue into Monday morning as repair work may be hampered by the conditions.

Passengers are urged to check for updates before they travel.

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