Cumbria set for Hurricane Ophelia's 70mph gusts

Met Office
Met Office

Cumbria is bracing itself for gusts of up to 70mph.

A fresh warning for windy weather associated with Hurricane Ophelia is expected to hit the county on Monday.

It has prompted the Met Office to issue a yellow warning for wind.

Monday's unsettled weather could cause delays to transport services.

Forecasters say there is a "slight chance" that power cuts and mobile phone coverage could be affected too.

Coastal areas may also be lashed by large waves and spray.

It will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987, which hit southern England overnight on October 15.

The storm caused damage estimated at £1 billion and claimed 18 lives.

Before the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia hit British shores, Cumbria is in line to get more heavy rain tomorrow.

Around two inches of rain are widely expected to fall across the county just two days after flooding hit many parts in Wednesday's deluge.

Up to three inches may fall on exposed hills.

The yellow rain warning tomorrow is valid from 3am until 7pm.

The heavy and, at times, persistent rain could cause problems for train and bus services.

Spray and flooding on roads is also likely to make journey times longer, the Met Office said. A few homes and businesses may also flood.

The forecaster said: "A band of rain is expected across Northern England through Friday. Rain is expected to be heavy and persistent at times, especially across Cumbria.

"Through the course of the day rainfall totals of 30-50 mm are expected quite widely with as much as 70-80 mm over exposed hills.

"Whilst these totals are not unusual for the time of year after recent heavy rain these totals may lead to some impacts."

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