'Danger to life' as extreme weather warning issued for Leeds

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A severe weather warning has been issued by the Met Office today, as Storm Diana is set to hit Leeds with strong winds.

Gusts of up to 80mph are possible as the storm moves across the UK, with forecaster warning the gale force winds could lead to damage and cause disruption to transport networks.

The yellow weather warning has been issued for the period between 3am and 2pm tomorrow (29 November)

The yellow weather warning has been issued for the period between 3am and 2pm tomorrow (29 November)

The yellow weather warning has been issued for the period between 3am and 2pm tomorrow (29 November).

In the worst affected areas the bad weather could result in power cuts and lead to flying debris, which could pose a ‘danger to life’.

Damage to buildings could also occur, with the strong winds blowing roof tiles off.

Commuters are also being warned there could be some travel disruptions and some rail services could be cancelled as a result of the bad weather.

Roads and bridges could also be closed as a precaution.

The Met Office warning reads: “A weather system will move northeastwards across the UK on Thursday bringing widespread strong winds.

“Inland gusts of 50 mph are likely with gusts of 60-65 mph in exposed locations around Wales and western England.

“There remains a small chance that this system will intensify as it moves northeastwards bringing even stronger winds to southwest England, Wales and on into northern England and southeast Scotland.

“If this occurs, gusts of 70-80 mph could be seen, mainly in exposed locations, bringing increased likelihood of more significant disruption.

“In either case, winds will moderate by late morning across western England and Wales, then by mid afternoon across northern England and southeast Scotland.

“Heavy rain is also likely to affect southern and western England as well as Wales, and following on from recent wet weather this may lead to some very localised surface water flooding.”