The Met Office has warned that the aftermath of Hurricane Gonzalo will hit the UK later today bringing with it gale force winds and heavy rain that will sweep across much of the country.
Gales of up to 60mph and heavy rain will move eastwards for around 24 hours, mainly affecting Northern England, Northern Ireland, North Wales, Southern and Eastern Scotland.
The Met Office says the public should be aware of the potential for significant disruption to travel and difficult driving conditions. This alert is likely to be updated in the coming days as confidence increases in the locations affected by strongest winds.
The US National Hurricane Center, based in Miami, Florida, issues forecasts every six hours updating the expected track of any tropical storms or hurricanes in the Atlantic.
The current forecast track brings the remnants of Gonzalo towards the UK but there is a wide margin of error recorded on the chart indicated by the white line. The times on the chart are US Eastern Daily Time which is five hours behind UK time.
Once the hurricane moves across the cooler water of the North Atlantic it weakens and becomes a post-tropical cyclone - a typical Atlantic storm which regularly cross the Ocean to affect the British Isles during the autumn and winter.