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Yellow weather warning for north as high winds expected on Wednesday

A yellow weather warning for Wednesday suggests winds of up to 65 mph are likely in parts of the north coast. Picture by Steven McAuley
Paul Ainsworth

A YELLOW weather warning for the north has been issued by the Met Office for Wednesday, with winds of up to 65 mph expected in some coastal areas.

High winds are expected to batter the north coast for most of the day, creating "a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris".

The rest of Northern Ireland is also included in the warning, which remains in place until around midnight and also covers Scotland and parts of northern England and Wales.

The Met Office has warned of a "slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs", adding that transport services including ferries, as well as power supplies, could be affected.

The warning also states injuries, danger to life and damage could be caused by "large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties".

Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Rebekah Sherwin 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.

"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."

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