Weather warning issued for Leeds as Storm Helene set to batter city

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Throughout Monday night Storm Helene will push north-east before clearing quickly to north Scotland on Tuesday morning.

- Some damage to trees is possible, for example large branches or trees falling in a few places.

As well as a Yorkshire and Humber warning, North East England, North West England, Northern Ireland, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, South West England, Strathclyde and Wales have also been issued with warnings.

The British Isles could face 70mph wind gusts and almost two inches of rain overnight as Storm Helene sweeps in.

Met Office meteorologist Alan Deakin said: "Hurricane Helene may influence things in combination with an area of low pressure over the coming days".

'The centre of the storm will go up through the middle of Ireland and most of the strong winds will be in the Irish sea and to the west of Scotland'.

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Tuesday will be a windy day with a moderate to fresh southwest wind, strong and gusty at the coasts. Later in the year there would be less of an impact from these winds as they would offer less resistance'.

Helene was classed as a hurricane, but has now been downgraded to a tropical storm.

Formerly Hurricane Helene, the downgraded storm will bring a spell of strong winds to western parts of the United Kingdom today and tomorrow.

"Winds are likely to gust to 55-65 miles per hour quite widely in the warning area, with possible gusts of 70-80 miles per hour in exposure". The strongest winds then transferring across the Midlands and parts of northern England during Tuesday morning and into the afternoon.

Wind speeds in some places could hit 60mph but a spokesperson for the Norwich-based forecaster Weatherquest said gusts in parts of Norfolk may reach 45mph.

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