Weather warning for Northern Ireland as Storm Hector swoops in
Northern Ireland could be blasted by winds of up to 70mph today as Storm Hector hits the UK.
The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for much of Northern Ireland and a yellow alert for the rest.
Meteorologists said "unseasonably strong winds" would develop before reaching their peak throughout that area during this morning.
Westerly winds are likely to be between 50mph and 60mph but could reach up to 70mph in exposed locations before easing in the afternoon, the forecasters added.
"There is a small chance of injuries and danger to life," the Met Office said, adding that risks could also be posed by "large waves and beach material being thrown onto the sea front", and that "disruption to outdoor activities" was likely.
The area covered by the warning includes the whole of Scotland and Northern Ireland, and northern England as far south as Liverpool and Doncaster.
The Queen and the Duchess of Sussex's first engagement together - opening Cheshire's Mersey Gateway Bridge and the Storyhouse Theatre - could also be hit by strong gusts in the north west of England.
The Met Office has also warned that there is the possibility of longer journey times and cancellations likely to road, rail, air and ferry services.
"Parts of Northern Ireland look most likely to see the strongest winds during the early part of the morning, including the rush hour," it said.
"Westerly winds will gust to 50 to 60 mph widely, though gusts of 70 mph are likely for a time in northern and western parts, especially, but not exclusively, along the north coast.
"These strongest winds will ease somewhat by mid-morning, though it will remain windy and the yellow warning remains in force into the afternoon."
There is a good chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.
The Met Office has also said that there is a possibility of damage to buildings with tiles being blown from roofs and the chance of injuries.