Storm Francis: Met Office warns of 'danger to life' as yellow warnings issued in Lancashire for wind and rain

Experts at the Met Office are predicting unusually strong winds for the time of year and heavy rain for much of the county tomorrow (Tuesday, August 25, 2020).

By Colin Ainscough
Monday, 24th August 2020, 11:41 am
Updated Monday, 24th August 2020, 11:44 am

There are currently two separate weather warnings in place, which are forecast to clash directly over Lancashire.

The yellow alert for heavy rain is in place from midnight on Tuesday, August 25 until 6am Wednesday, August 26, while the alert for strong wind is in place from 9am Tuesday until 9am Wednesday.

The deep area of low pressure is expected to bring with it wind speeds of up to 70mph in exposed areas, along with the risk of flooding.

The bad weather is expected to hit the region on Monday night.

Forecasters are also warning residents to expect travel disruption, dangers from flying debris and potential power cuts.

Chief Meteorologist Andy Page, said “The UK is in for another unseasonably wet and windy spell with Storm Francis arriving on Tuesday.

"There will be strong winds and heavy rain, especially in the west of the UK.

"Storm Francis will clear to the East of the UK by Wednesday lunchtime, leaving a brighter and more settled outlook for the remainder of the day."

The Met Office is warning residents to expect the following:

• Bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer

• Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer

• Some interruption to power supplies and other services likely

• Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely

• Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible

• Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, could happen

• Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible

• Some roads and bridges may close

• Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage

• Injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties