Met Office issues ‘danger to life’ weather warning as Storm Agnes hits Leeds

Winds could reach up to 80mph.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning as Storm Agnes will sweet across the city this afternoon.

It’s official, gone are the days of summer and sunshine as heavy winds are set to hit the city this afternoon.

Storm Agnes is set to sweep across the north of England, the Midlands the South West, Scotland and Wales through Wednesday 27 into early Thursday 28 September 2023.

Several serious warnings have been issued by the government weather department including a “danger to life” and damage to buildings.

So what can we expect? Well, the Met Office have said: “Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible. Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, could happen. Some power cuts are likely to occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

“Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible. Some roads and bridges are likely to close.”

“There is a small chance of injuries and danger to life that could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties, with a chance of some minor flooding of coastal roads.”

A woman holding an umbrella in a storm.
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People of Yorkshire are advised to batten down the hatches and stay inside as winds of up to 80mph could be hitting.

If you’re travelling over the next 24 hours Steve Basterfield, National Network Manager at National Highways, said: “With the stormy weather being forecast, it is important to plan ahead for your journey, and if weather conditions become challenging, adjust your driving behaviour and take extra care.

“We have a section of our website dedicated to travelling amid storms, high winds and gales, and considerations for different types of vehicle, as part of our guide to travelling in severe weather. It’s also a good idea for people to check their vehicles, such as tyres, coolant and oil levels, before heading out to reduce the risk of breakdowns.”

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