Killer gales set to batter the Midlands, the Met Office has warned

The Met Office has warned people could be killed or injured when strong winds batter the West Midlands over the next 24 hours.

The national forecaster has issued a yellow weather warning for wind from 9pm tonight to 11am tomorrow, with gusts of up to 50mph expected.


It says buildings could be damaged and phone and power lines may be brought down, along with disruption to road and rail services.

 

It said: "Very strong winds will affect parts of the UK during Wednesday night and into Thursday.

"The strongest winds are expected to transfer eastwards across the warning area before clearing by late morning.

"Road, rail and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations.

"There is also a possibility that some bridges may close.

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

"Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible, along with some damage to buildings.

"In addition, large waves are expected to affect some western coasts with beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties."

 

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