Blackpool braced for 70mph winds

Gale-force winds lift a pram off the ground during last year's winds
Gale-force winds lift a pram off the ground during last year's winds
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NORTHERN parts of the UK are expected to be battered by severe gales and storms today as the remnants of Hurricane Katia hit the British shores.

Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of northern England and Wales could see trees brought down with gusts of up to 70mph expected in the region, forecasters said.

The high winds will be accompanied by heavy rain and the Environment Agency has issued several flood alerts for inland and coastal areas.

An alert - which warns that flooding is possible - has been issued along the North Sea coast in Yorkshire between Bridlington and Barmston with people being told to be aware of overtopping spray and waves at high tide.

The western coast of Anglesey has also been issued with an alert with waves of up to two metres high expected to lash certain areas, while water levels at Derwent Water, Cumbria, remain high.

Billy Payne, forecaster for MeteoGroup,said: “The brunt of the the wind will go through central and southern Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England and North Wales.

“Gusts are from 60-70mph in some places, possibly higher, especially in exposed places in parts of western Scotland like the islands and hilly areas.

“There will be quite a lot of rain, perhaps heavy outbreaks over the next couple of days.

Forecasters said there was potential for damage to trees and other structural problems.

Ferry services and transport routes were already reporting disruption this morning.

The UK sees a storm of this strength around once per year, and the remnants of a hurricane reach Britain once every few years, MeteoGroup said.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for today, warning people in Northern Ireland, central and south west Scotland and north west and north east England to be prepared.

Katia is the second major hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season and was rated as a category four hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale at its peak.

The scale rates hurricanes from one to five, with five being the strongest.