SEVERE gales and winds of up to 60mph have been predicted this evening, Tuesday, as Storm Eleanor sweeps across the country.

A yellow warning of wind has been put in place by the Met Office from 6pm this evening, Tuesday, and 6pm tomorrow, Wednesday.

A spokesman added: "Public transport may be disrupted or cancelled and some bridges are likely to be closed.

"Power cuts and disruption to other services (mobile phones for example) may also occur, while injuries from flying debris are possible.

"Combined with a period of high tides, it is likely that some western coastal communities will be affected by large waves and spray, and again there is a chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves, or beach material being thrown on to seafronts and coastal properties."

The warning covers most of the UK with 'squally gusts' expected to accompany showers in many areas.

Gusts close to 80mph could occur along exposed coastlines while inland gusts exceeding 60mph have also been predicted.