THE MET Office has issued warnings of ‘very strong and disruptive winds’ across Cheshire today, Monday, with gusts reaching of up to 50mph in some areas.

An amber weather warning came into force in parts of Lancashire and Greater Manchester just before 4am this morning as Strom Debi swept across the north of the country.

Cheshire is under a yellow warning, which  is expected to remain in force until 5pm this afternoon.

National Highways North West have also issued an amber warning, telling people to check ahead for disruption before using the region’s motorway network.

People are warned to expect flying debris, damage to buildings, closed roads and bridges, cancellations on public transport, power cuts, and disruption to mobile phone services.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: “Flying debris is likely and could lead to injuries or danger to life, and probably some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs.

“Longer journey times and cancellations are likely, as road, rail, air, and ferry services are affected.

“Some roads and bridges are likely to close, and there is a good chance power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.”