Storm Otto: Sheffield at centre of Met Office weather warning as 'disruptive' winds on the way
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The storm is forecast to hit the city in the early hours of tomorrow morning, bringing with it winds of over 44mph, which are expected to peak at around rush hour, with the warning raising concerns of danger to life from flying debris.
The Council’ Streets Ahead department, which looks after the city’s roads, said in a statement: “Strong winds are forecast tomorrow. Take extra care if you're out and about and allow more time for your journey as there could be some disruption on the roads.”
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of wind, which includes Sheffield, and South Yorkshire.
It stated: “Very strong winds developing through Friday morning associated with Storm Otto may bring disruption to travel.”
It warned high sided vehicles may be particularly prone, and warned some roads and bridges may close. It added: “Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage. Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, could happen. Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible.”
The Sheffield forecast predicts winds will reach 30mph by 1am, reaching 40mph by 8am, before easing in the afternoon, and remaining just over 10mph over the weekend.