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'Danger to life' yellow weather warning in place as roof tiles 'could be ripped off'

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Liverpool and beyond this week.

The warning will be in place from midnight on Wednesday, October 5 up until 11.59pm. It states that there is a "danger to life" caused by "flying debris" such as "tiles blown from roofs".

The UK is set to be battered by high speed winds and heavy rain in the middle of the week. A warning has been issued for many northern areas of the UK, although the details of peak wind strengths are still uncertain.

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According to the weather body the North West, including Liverpool, will be among the worst affected areas. Scotland, Wales, the North East and Yorkshire are all set to be hit by strong winds too.

Deputy Chief Meteorologist Rebekah Sherwin added more details as she said: "The most likely scenario is for gusts of 55 to 65 mph within parts of the warning area, most likely the northern Irish Sea and parts of eastern Scotland; these are typical wind speeds for the time of year so disruption would be localised in this case."

The areas in Liverpool affected by the winds (Met Office)

The expert added: "However, there is a chance the deep low pressure system will bring gusts of 70 to 80 mph to northern parts of the UK on Wednesday. Should this develop, disruption to travel and wind damage would be more likely. In addition, heavy rain in the northwest may make travelling more difficult."

The rest of the week will remain breezy for most, with a chance of gales at times, most likely in the North West. However, rain will be more limited to showers across western areas, with many eastern areas seeing a dry end to the week.

What to expect from a yellow weather warning for wind

The Met Office provided a list of things to beware of when there are high winds. They warned:

  • There is a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris
  • There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs
  • There is a small chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected
  • There is a small chance that some roads and bridges could close
  • There is a slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties

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