Storm Aileen set to batter United Kingdom with powerful winds tonight

Storm Aileen set to batter United Kingdom with powerful winds tonight

The strongest winds across Kent are expected between 10pm this evening and 5am tomorrow morning. High-sided vehicles should take extra care, especially on exposed roads such as those on higher ground in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

As Storm Aileen clears out eastwards into the North Sea, the United Kingdom will be left with cool, showery conditions by the end of the week and into the weekend, the forecasters said.

The Met Office said winds could gust up to 75mph in exposed places from 20:00 on Tuesday until 10:00 on Wednesday.

The Met Office said: "Very strong winds with gusts of 55-65 miles per hour, perhaps reaching 75 miles per hour in exposed places, are looking increasingly likely on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning".

Highways England issued a severe warning of gales across the Midlands, with the alert starting from 9pm tonight until 9am tomorrow morning.

A scheme was launched by Met √Čireann and the British Met Office to name storms in an effort to raise awareness of extreme weather events. Although we invest more than ¬£130m a year in upgrading the power network strong winds can sometimes cause damage to overhead lines due to flying debris and falling trees.

An amber "be prepared" warning has been issued between 8pm on Tuesday and 10am on Wednesday for strong winds.

"Thankfully the worst of Storm Aileen is set to hit Cheshire during the early hours of Wednesday morning, which should minimise the impact of the disruption".

The Island's Met Office is warning of heavy rain and storm force winds as Storm Aileen hits the Isle of Man this evening.

"This may cause flooding on the transport network, with spray and hard driving conditions due to the combination of rain and wind".

"I would urge drivers to be vigilant when driving in stormy weather and allow extra time for your journey".

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