STORM FRANCIS: Met Office escalates wind warning to amber as Derbyshire braces for 70mph gusts

Derbyshire is bracing for 70mph gusts with the Met Office escalating its yellow wind warning to ‘amber’ as Storm Francis approaches the county.

The weather warning for ‘very strong winds’ across the East Midlands launches at 2pm today (Tuesday, August 25) and will remain in place until 10pm.

While not exceptional, winds this strong are unusual for August and they will be accompanied by heavy rain in places.

Longer journey times and are cancellations likely, as road, rail and air services may be affected, the Met Office warns.

Some roads and bridges likely to close and there is ‘a good chance’ that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

Flying debris is ‘likely’ and could lead to injuries or danger to life and probably some damage to buildings and trees, such as tiles blown from roofs and branches on roads.

Chief meteorologist Andy Page, said “The UK is in for another unseasonably wet and windy spell with Storm Francis arriving on Tuesday. There will be strong winds and heavy rain.

"A number of severe weather warnings have been issued and these warnings can be updated regularly so please keep up to date with the latest Met Office forecast.”

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Storm Francis is set to clear by Wednesday lunchtime, leaving a brighter and more settled outlook.

After a showery day on Friday the Bank Holiday weekend should bring sunshine to most parts for a time with scattered showers before further unsettled weather is expected to move in from Tuesday next week.

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