Storm Freya lashes Gloucestershire

STORM Freya brought strong winds of just under 50mph to parts of Gloucestershire today.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning for the county, which means some travel disruption and dangerous conditions are possible late Sunday and into Monday.

Forecasters predicted that the storm would hit this afternoon and be severe enough to risk injuries and danger to life from flying debris.

There could also be damage to buildings and trees, with road hazards and power cuts possible.

The severe weather warning runs from 3pm today to 6am on Monday.

Gales brought down branches of trees which were hit by a train in Lydney.

Gazette Series: Storm Freya gales brought down branches of trees that were hit by a train at Lydney, Gloucestershire. Picture by Richard Phillips

Storm Freya gales brought down branches of trees that were hit by a train at Lydney, Gloucestershire. Picture by Richard Phillips

Gazette Series: Storm Freya gales brought down branches of trees that were hit by a train at Lydney, Gloucestershire. Picture by Richard Phillips

Storm Freya gales brought down branches of trees that were hit by a train at Lydney, Gloucestershire. Picture by Richard Phillips

Gazette Series: Storm Freya gales brought down branches of trees that were hit by a train at Lydney, Gloucestershire. Picture by Richard Phillips

Storm Freya gales brought down branches of trees that were hit by a train at Lydney, Gloucestershire. Picture by Richard Phillips

The Met Office warned people to be aware of possible hazards including tiles being blown from roofs and fallen branches.

There was a wet start to the day in Gloucestershire, with rain heavy in places. Winds increased throughout the day.

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said: “The strongest winds will be limited to parts of western England and Wales, but the warning area includes parts of the Midlands.

“But they probably wont see the strongest winds until the very back-end of Sunday going into Monday morning.”

Storm Freya will have moved into the North Sea by rush hour on Monday morning, although there will likely be some residual impacts in its wake.

“We can expect some branches and a few trees being blown down and there’s also scope for some tiles being blown from roofs and also some power cuts as well,” Mr Snell said.

It will still be quite breezy along the North Sea coast of England, but the winds will have died down significantly.

Temperatures were expected to reach between 8C (46F) and 12C (54F) in England and Wales on Sunday, while they will remain below 10C (50F) in Scotland.

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