Gainsborough: Hurricane force conditions set to batter the region

editorial image

Parts of the UK face being battered by hurricane-speed winds which threaten to rip down trees, cause transport chaos, and cut power supplies, forecasters have warned.

An amber alert has been issued for the East Midlands for the early hours of Monday morning, for wind and heavy rain.

Forecasters have warned that the country faces its worst weather since the 1987 Great Storm.

The Met Office warned people to ‘be prepared for the risk of falling trees as well as damage to buildings and other structures’ caused by strong winds of up to 80mph.

A storm is classed as a hurricane when it has sustained winds of 74mph or higher.