The Met Office has upgraded its weather warnings to amber as Storm Ali risks a ‘danger to life’ with winds reaching up to 80mph in parts of the UK today.
The new severe weather warning covers the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and is in place until 6pm today.
Forecasters said there is now a high likelihood of impacts from the storm, as it extended the area covered by the amber warning.
‘Flying debris is likely and could lead to injuries or danger to life,’ a Met Office spokesman said.
Damage to buildings, power cuts and travel disruption is also likely.
The strong winds may blow tiles from roofs and cause damage to properties from falling trees, the Met Office said.