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Lancashire braces itself for more storm force winds

More gales expected

More gales expected

Lancashire is expected to be put on “yellow alert” tonight as another spell of stormy weather heads in from the Atlantic.

And with high winds and heavy rain due to hit the county through the night and during tomorrow, there are warnings of possible road and rail disruption.

After two days of relative calm over Christmas Day and Boxing Day, the whole of the UK is in the path of a storm heading in from the west.

Winds are expected to increase later today and are likely to peak during tomorrow with gusts of 70 to 80 miles per hour possible in some remote or exposed areas.

Lancashire is unlikely to be amongst the hardest hit, although the Met Office is still issuing a severe weather warning for the county, predicting gusts of up to 50 mph could be possible in some parts, particularly on the coast.

A yellow warning is the Met Office’s lowest grade alert, advising the public to just “be aware.” If things worsen it can be advanced to an orange (be prepared) and then on to a red (take action).

The bad weather, which also affected the region on Christmas Eve, is being caused by another “exceptionally deep” area of low pressure which is expected to develop over the eastern Atlantic late today and then track north-east throughout Friday.

Some areas of Britain already badly hit this week by killer storms which claimed at least five lives, caused widespread power cuts and blocked roads, are due to get another battering overnight to add further misery to an already grim Christmas break.

Floods which struck in parts of Lancashire recently are not expected to be repeated, although bouts of heavy rain falling on already sodden ground could result in some standing water on roads.

Motorists have been advised by the AA to check flooding updates before setting out. Rail passengers are being urged to do the same with train companies. While most services are expected to be running, there could be some delays caused by speed restrictions.

 

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