Merseyside is preparing to be hit by two storms this week.
Strong gusts of winds up to 60mph, which are likely to cause damage and disruptions, have been forecast.
The Met Office has extended its “danger to life” weather warning to Merseyside in response to incoming storms Dudley and Eunice.
The forecasting agency has also issued Amber weather warnings for rest of the UK. Both storms could bring snow.
Weather forecasters have warned of up to 90 mph winds across the country.
Storm Dudley is set to hit the North on Wednesday evening and into Thursday morning, bringing strong gusts of winds.
Storm Eunice will also bring strong winds and potentially some snow by Friday.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Paul Gundersen, said: “An active jet stream is driving low-pressure systems across the country, both of which are likely to cause some disruption and National Severe Weather Warnings have been issued.”
The National Severe Weather Warning Service warns of the impacts caused by extreme weather.
An active jet steam will help to develop and then propel #TwoStorms across the UK this week #StormDudley and #StormEunice will bring disruptive winds from Wednesday afternoon and possibly snow on Friday ⚠️ pic.twitter.com/0b8wqZek9c
— Met Office (@metoffice) February 14, 2022
The forecasting agency said: “There is a small chance that flying debris will result in a danger to life, with fallen trees, damage to buildings and homes, roofs blown off and power lines brought down.”
In November 2021, damage from Storm Arwen caused widespread damage in the Wirral.
Incidents included fallen trees after gales in the area hit 68mph.
Houses and cars were damaged and roads were closed.
Jeremy Phillips, National Highways Head of Road Safety, said: “We’re encouraging drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before setting off on journeys […] if you do intend to travel, then plan your journey and take extra care.
“In the event of persistent high winds we may need to close bridges to traffic for a period, so please be alert for warnings of closures and follow signed diversion routes.”
What you can do
Liverpool City Council has advice on what to do in cases of extreme weather.
In case of strong winds:
- Secure objects such as ladders and garden furniture to prevent them being blown into windows.
- Close and securely fasten doors and windows.
- Park vehicles clear of buildings, trees, high walls and fences.
- Stay indoors as much as possible.
- Do not drive unless your journey is essential.
- Do not touch fallen electrical cables.
- Make sure vulnerable neighbours and relatives are safe.
Keep up to date
Keep track of current weather warnings via the Met Office weather warning page.
You can find our coverage of the damage Storm Arwen caused here: https://merseynewslive.co.uk/2021/11/30/wirral-clean-up-could-take-weeks-after-storm-arwen-causes-chaos/
Featured image by Grace Oulton