Storm Hector LIVE: Met Office warns of a danger to life as 70mph winds and high waves batter the UK
- The Met Office has warned of a risk of life to people in Northern Ireland
- Gusts of wind of more than 70mph have been reported in northern regions
- Trees have been blown down and commuter rail services cancelled
Parts of Britain are being battered by winds in excess of 70mph as Storm Hector has finally hit land.
Hector is the first named storm of the new season and the Met Office has warned that injuries and a danger to life is ‘likely’ in coastal areas of Northern Ireland.
People have been advised to take care during rush hour with potential disruption due to fallen trees and the possibility that outdoor summer furniture will have been blown around overnight.
The storm, bringing wet as well as windy weather, will move across Scotland and the north of England throughout the morning, and the yellow warning remains in place until 3pm.
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The Met Office said Storm Hector may be gone by tomorrow morning.
Meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: ‘Scotland and northern England will see that swathe of strong winds move eastwards through the day.
‘The wettest weather will be out of the way but there will be some blustery showers following and with the yellow warning in force disruption is possible.
‘Further spells of rain will push their way into Scotland through the night before clearer skies open out by the start of Friday.’
Storm Hector brings commuter chaos
Storm Hector brought down trees and sparked travel disruption today as Britain faced winds of up to 70mph.
The country’s first named storm since January brought heavy rain and strong gusts as it crossed the country, with Met Office forecasters warning of injuries and danger to life being ‘likely’ in parts of Northern Ireland.
An amber ‘be prepared’ warning was issued for strong winds in that area, while a yellow ‘be aware’ warning was imposed for Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, North East England and Scotland from 3am to 3pm today.
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