WEATHER ALERT: Tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo set to batter Sheffield

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Damaging gales and driving rain are set to batter South Yorkshire as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo strike.

Fallen trees and flooding could cause rush-hour chaos across the county on Tuesday morning, according to the Met Office.

It has issued a yellow ‘be aware’ weather alert for Yorkshire between midnight and 3pm on Tuesday - and is urging the public to take “extra care”.

A Met Office spokesman said: “The remains of Hurricane Gonzalo will run eastwards across the Atlantic, reaching the UK on Monday night, bringing a period of strong winds and heavy rain to the UK.

“The strongest winds are expected on Tuesday. Gusts exceeding 50mph are likely.

“The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel, especially as the strongest winds will coincide with rush-hour in places, and perhaps some damage to trees.

“Difficult driving conditions will result, exacerbated by surface water and spray.

“The public is advised to take extra care.”

The forecast predicts heavy rain and gales overnight from Monday and early Tuesday, clearing to sunshine and squally showers but staying windy.

Bermudans are currently clearing up after a direct hit from Hurricane Gonzalo downed power lines, damaged buildings and caused flooding on the tiny Atlantic territory.