Storm Ciara set to batter North East with 70mph winds and torrential rain

Storm Ciara is set to have a huge impact on your weekend plans as winds of up to 70mph hit the region.

Friday, 7th February 2020, 1:14 pm
Storm Ciara is set to hit the North East on Sunday February 9. Pic credit: JPI Media and Met Office

Yellow weather warnings for wind and rain have been issued by the Met Office over Saturday and Sunday as the country prepares for the ensuing storm.Here is what you can expect over the next two days as the storm takes hold of the UK.Noon - Saturday February 8A yellow warning for wind is set to come into force at Noon tomorrow with gusts upward of 70mph expected across the North East.The winds are expected to disrupt travel with delays expected on the roads, rail and in the air.

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High-sided vehicles are expected to be particularly affected on exposed routes and bridges and short term loss of power is likely.Heavy rain is also expected which could further hamper the transport networkMidnight - Sunday February 9The Met Office's yellow weather warning for rain comes into force across the North East as Storm Ciara encroaches further on the region.There is a potential for flooding with remote areas potentially cut off by flooded roads. Bus and train services are expected to be further disrupted through the night with road closures possible across the North East.Midnight - Monday February 10Gusts of up to 70 mph are expected to continue throughout Sunday and into the early hours of Monday morning.Around 36 hours of severe gales are likely to cause some damage to buildings and flying debris possibly causing a danger to life.The transport network will continue to suffer with delays expected on the road, trains and in the air with the potential for cancelled bus, train and air services in the region.Storm Ciara should subside through the early hours of Monday morning when the weather warnings are lifted.You can keep up to date with the regional impact of the storm by following the daily live blog on our website.

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