Yellow weather warning issued as Storm Otto set to hit the North East

Written by on 16th February 2023

An urgent yellow weather warning has been issued across Scotland and the North-East of England as strong winds associated with Storm Otto prepare to hit.

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Storm Otto is set to sweep through the UK in the coming days, with 75mph gusts expected to hit Tyne and Wear on Friday morning.

The Met Office has warned that these strong winds will cause some impacts, such as:

    • Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible
    • Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, could happen
    • Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible
    • Some roads and bridges may close
    • Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
    • Injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties

The storm will move east across the far north of England and Scotland and the warning will remain in place from 5am until 2pm.

It has been advised that people should plan ahead thinking about possible travel delays, or the disruption of your day-to-day activities.

Once the storm has passed on Friday afternoon, the weather is set to be largely unsettled, with rain highly likely on Saturday across the North-East.

Sunday will see clearer spells early on in the day, before persistent rain hits in the afternoon.

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