Warning for Staffordshire and Cheshire as Hurricane Ophelia brings gale-force winds

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Drivers and pedestrians in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire are being warned to take care as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia is set to batter the region with gale-force winds.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Services say “strong gusty winds” are expected to hit today, reaching up to 60mph.

A spokesperson said: “With high winds expected on Monday and Tuesday this week, drivers should be extra careful when driving on exposed routes such as bridges or high open roads and are encouraged to find alternative routes where possible.”

Drivers are urged to slow down and stay alert for danger from debris being blown across carriageways.

The Met office issued a Yellow Weather Warning for wind for areas including South Cheshire and North Staffordshire.

A spokesperson confirmed road, air and ferry services may be affected along with rail services for longer journeys, that may cause delays or possible cancelations.

“Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services such as mobile phone coverage.”

There is also a high chance buildings will be damaged with tiles being blown off roofs, which may lead to injuries and danger to life, so pedestrians are also warned to take extra care too.

Staffordshire tourist attraction Shugborough Hall closed at 1pm today due to the forecast high winds.

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