East Midlands: Hurricane Gonzalo set to blitz area within hours

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The Met Office has warned that Hurricane Gonzalo is set to cause mass disruption across the East Midlands on Monday night.

Difficult driving conditions are expected, as are falling branches from trees, with 70mph winds predicted across the area.

Strong gales will hit on Tuesday morning - coinciding with rush hour in some places.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “The remains of Hurricane Gonzalo will run eastwards across the Atlantic, reaching the UK on Monday night, bringing a period of strong winds and heavy rain to the UK.”

“The strongest winds are expected on Tuesday as the low pressure clears eastwards. Some uncertainty remains in the track and intensity, but there remains the potential for localised disruption to travel. Fallen leaves impeding drainage increases the risk of surface water affecting roads, while some damage to trees is possible, given that many are still in full leaf.”