Merseyside is set to be battered by strong winds again as a second storm looms.

Storm Dudley brought heavy rain and strong winds across the region last night with amber weather warnings in place.

The North West saw gusts of 52 mph yesterday but winds are expected to reach 65 mph on Friday.

Storm Eunice is set to hit parts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland tomorrow.

The Met Office has said conditions could be more damaging than Storm Dudley, with stronger winds expected in the region.

 

Thousands have been left without power across England, with nearly 1,700 homes in Wigan being affected.

On Wednesday evening, Electricity North West said it had restored power to the majority of the 2,200 affected properties in the region on Wednesday, but 118 remained without power.

A plane carrying Manchester City players was diverted to John Lennon Airport yesterday due to the strong winds.

Storm Eunice on the way

Storm Eunice will arrive in the region after midnight bringing heavy rain and hill snow. The winds will be strengthening again with a minimum temperature of freezing.

The storm will continue into Friday daytime with very strong winds, rain and snow. Snow showers may fall to increasingly lower levels later in the day as the storm clears.

An amber warning is in place for wind in Liverpool meaning there is a good chance debris could result in a danger to life.

The warning for high winds during Storm Eunice covers much of England and Wales from 03:00 to 21:00.

A yellow warning for wind and snow further north is in place from 03:00 to 18:00.

There is likely to be damage to buildings and power lines including a likely closure of roads, bridges, railway lines.

Merseyrail have already announced potential disruption to services on Friday due to potential speed restrictions being in place. They have encouraged passengers to check before they travel.

 

Rail operators have advised customers not to travel tomorrow and are allowing anyone with tickets to travel on trains either today or Saturday instead.

Elsewhere in the UK, a rare red weather warning is in place around the coasts of west Wales and south-west England bringing gusts of up to 100 mph.

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