RESIDENTS are being warned to expect immediate strong and powerful winds today, Monday.

It comes as the Met Office has issued a yellow warning across the North West of England.

This came into effect from 6.25am this morning, and it will remain in place through to 10pm tonight.

Forecasters say this may cause some disruption, with delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely.

Some short-term loss of power and other services is possible, while delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport to be expected.

For those on coastal routes and sea fronts, meteorologists are warning of spray and large waves.

A Met Office spokesman said: “A depression will move east just to the north of Scotland through Monday and will bring a swath of strong winds to Northern Ireland, Wales and much of England.

Warrington Guardian:

“Gusts of between 40mph and 45mph are expected widely inland, with isolated gusts as high as 50mph to 55mph on exposed coasts and near to heavier showers.

“This is likely to lead to some disruption and longer journey times. Winds will slowly ease through the evening and the first part of Monday night.

“Give yourself the best chance of avoiding delays by checking road conditions if driving, or bus and train timetables, amending your travel plans if necessary.

“People cope better with power cuts when they have prepared for them in advance. It is easy to do – consider gathering torches and batteries, a mobile phone power pack and other essential items.

“If you are on the coast, stay safe during stormy weather by being aware of large waves. Even from the shore large breaking waves can sweep you off your feet and out to sea.

“Take care if walking near cliffs. Know your route and keep dogs on a lead. In an emergency, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

“Be prepared for weather warnings to change quickly. When a weather warning is issued, the Met Office recommends staying up to date with the weather forecast in your area.”