The Met Office warns of Birmingham as storm Arwen hits with 45 mph winds

Birmingham is preparing for 45 mph winds with travel disruption warnings and damage to buildings as storm Arwen prepares to arrive in the UK.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather forecast for the city and the wider West Midlands today (Friday) and tomorrow.

There may be gusts of up to 45 km / h across the region on Saturday, and motorists are encouraged to be careful.

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The Met Office says that in addition to the wind today, there will be windy showers, with hail mixed in at times.

Even though the rain will clear and it will get dry at sunny intervals, there will still be strong winds on Saturday.

Other parts of the country have amber warnings in place where people are warned about flying debris that could lead to injury or life threatening “likely” with people also being asked to expect damage to trees and buildings, cancellations of public transport, road and bridge closures, power outages and big waves.

Wind gusts are expected to reach 55 mph to 65 mph in parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, south-west England and the north-east, with the highest seen in coastal areas.

Stephen Dixon, a spokesman for the Met Office, said: “The worst-hit areas will be predominantly on the coasts, with gusts of over 75km / h, causing possible travel disruptions and longer travel times, power outages, flying debris and large waves of beach material. , being thrown out.

“There is also a yellow warning of wind in place along Britain’s west coast from 9am on Friday, stretching from Scotland, through Northern Ireland and Wales and as far as the south west of England.”

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