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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Met Office upgrades gales warning for Cumbria

The Met Office has upgraded its wind warning for Cumbria.

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Areas within the amber zone may get winds of up to 90mph

Gusts of up to 80mph are now forecast to batter the county, starting in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

The amber warning replaces the yellow warning that has been in place for a couple of days.

It is expected that the winds will ease during the afternoon but the agency has warned there is "potential for significant coastal flooding" in north west England due to a combination of large waves, surge and high tides.

"The public should be prepared for the potential for significant disruption," it adds.

Both Network Rail and ScotRail are already warning of reduced services and emergency speed restrictions on some routes tomorrow.

And the Environment Agency is urging people in coastal areas to sign up for its free flood warnings service.

Driving organisation the AA has issued advice to motorists about driving in strong winds. You can see it here.

A rapidly deepening low pressure front will be caused by warm air crossing the Atlantic encountering very cold Arctic air. As it moves into Scandinavia, it will bring the strong winds.

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