Storm Aileen will hit the UK tonight with heavy rain and VERY strong winds

Aileen is the first storm to be named this year and she’s on her way.

The storm is expected to hit parts of Britain this evening – and she is bringing winds of up to 75mph with her.

Storm Aileen is expected to bring very strong winds with gusts of 50-60 mph on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. The worst of the winds, with gusts to 65-75 mph, are expected to be across North Wales, southern parts of Northern England, the North Midlands and Norfolk, for which area a separate Amber warning is being issued.

Longer journey times by road, rail and air are extremely likely, with restrictions on roads and bridges. There is also a chance of power cuts, and damage to trees and perhaps buildings. Along windward-facing coasts, some wave overtopping is possible.

A wind speed of up to 75mph could be possible in exposed locations such as the coast and hills in these areas, according to the Met Office.

The Environment Agency has also issued three flood alerts in areas such as Bridlington, Derbyshire and Manchester.

Sharples said: ‘The weather in the warnings is expected to start affecting Britain at around 8pm tonight, with the worst staring at midnight.

‘Winds will pick up later today, and rain will be heaviest across Northern Ireland and northern England.

‘The combination of wind and rain will likely make driving and travelling difficult, and rush hour is set to be particularly windy.

‘People should also be aware that trees are in full leaf. This means there will be a lot more debris than there normally would.’

The first of the two warnings issued today states that heavy rain ‘may cause flooding on the transport network’.

The second predicts winds of up to 75mph in exposed places in northern England and the Midlands.

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