An amber weather warning for strong winds has been issued for a large area of Staffordshire as Storm Francis approaches.
Most of Stafford Borough is covered by the warning – which is in force from 2pm until 10pm today.
The warning states: “A spell of very strong winds will develop across much of Wales and a large swathe of central England during Tuesday before easing from the west during Tuesday evening.
“Gusts are likely to widely reach 50-55 mph inland with some sites seeing 60-65 mph. Exposed coastal locations in the west and some higher ground inland may see gusts to 70 mph at times.”
A yellow weather warning for wind is in force across most of England – including Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire – until 9am tomorrow morning.
Flood alerts have also been issued for a number of rivers in the county – including the Rivers Sow and Penk in Stafford Borough.
The Met Office issue weather warnings when there is a risk of weather causing damage, disruption or danger to life. Generally warnings will be issued for heavy rain, wind, ice or snow. They come in three categories.
Yellow: The lowest of the three. Yellow means you should plan ahead about potential disruption to travel and other day-to-day activities. These are the most common.
Amber: A step up from Yellow, an Amber warning means there is an increased risk of disruption/danger to life and property.
Red: These are only issued when ‘extreme weather’ is expected. When one is issued the Met Office advise immediate action is taken to keep yourself and others safe as widespread damage, disruption and risk to life is likely. Red warnings are extremely rare anywhere in the UK and almost unknown in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.