MANCHESTER could battle with 70mph winds on Monday afternoon as Storm Ophelia is expected to hit the North West Region.

The Met Office have issued a Yellow weather warning for the area and warned that there could be “danger to life” from flying debris with power lines and travel services also being affected. As Ophelia gets closer, the Met Office could change this to an Amber warning.

An amber warning is defined by the Met as: “There is an increased likelihood of bad weather affecting you, which could potentially disrupt your plans and possibly cause travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property.

“Amber means you need to be prepared to change your plans and protect you, your family and community from the impacts of the severe weather based on the forecast from the Met Office.”

Chief Forecaster for the Met Office, Steve Ramsdale, says that: “By the time Ophelia reaches our latitudes, she will be weakening and will be an ex-hurricane. However, Ex-Ophelia will be bringing some significant impacts to Northern Ireland and western and northern Britain on Monday and Tuesday.”

The Met believes that the impacts of Ophelia will be “felt in Northern England into Tuesday” and could bring major problems across the city.

One woman has already been declared dead after the storm caused a tree to fall on her car in Waterford, South East Ireland.

Remarkably, there have been reports of people swimming in extremely hazardous conditions in Galway and Salthill, Ireland. It’s fair to say that people aren’t too happy with them:

One flight between Manchester Airport and Dublin is already affected with an hour delay, and many more may be affected depending on this afternoon’s weather.

For all the latest weather updates and warnings check out the Met Office website.

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