Warning as high winds expected to hit Hampshire later today

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HIGH winds and gusts of up to 50mph are expected to hit the Hampshire region later today, warn weather experts.

The Met Office has issued a yellow amber warning for the county as people are warned to take care while out on the roads and on water.

Windward coastal areas will see a longer period of 50 to 60 mph gusts with isolated gusts to 70 mph.

Some travel disruption is possible as well as some trees being brought down. Some heavy rain may also bring surface water issues to parts of southwest England and south Wales.

There remains a ‘low likelihood’ of gusts reaching 80 mph in some parts of the south.

The yellow weather warning was issued yesterday and remains in place until the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Gareth Morrison, lifesaving delivery manager for the RNLI said: “‘he water can be unpredictable at the best of times, but it is particularly dangerous during bad weather.

‘We are urging everyone to respect the water and to keep safe during the upcoming rough weather and would remind people not to underestimate the distance waves can travel up the beach or harbour wall. Although it can be tempting to get close, it isn’t worth risking your life to take photos or to dodge waves.

‘If you plan on going out walking after the storm, be wary. Storms change our landscape through coastal erosion so pay attention to warning signs, and don’t leave designated paths to look over the edge of clifftops.’

RAC Traffic Watch spokesman, Rod Dennis, said: ‘Anyone travelling a serious distance in the south of the UK and driving on more exposed routes should expect strong, gusty winds on Friday.

‘Reduce your speed, be extra vigilant of other road users and be particularly careful when overtaking high-sided vehicles, as you can buffeted off course.’