RESIDENTS across Somerset and North Somerset can expect very strong winds today (Tuesday, January 2) as Storm Henk arrives in full force.

An Amber warning for wind has been issued by the Met Office. The warning is in place from 10am until 8pm. Gusts of up to 80mph are possible in exposed coastal locations.

Here's what to expect:

  • There is a good chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage;
  • Probably some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs;
  • Longer journey times and cancellations likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected;
  • Flying debris is likely and could lead to Injuries or danger to life;
  • Some roads and bridges likely to close;
  • Injuries and danger to life is likely from large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties.

A spokesperson from the Met Office said: "Storm Henk will bring a spell of very strong winds, causing disruption to travel and utilities."

Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gunderse added: “Further wet and windy weather is forecast for the UK this week. Our latest analysis of the forecast shows an increase in the likelihood of very strong wind gusts across parts of southern Wales and England which is why we have issued this Amber warning this morning and named Storm Henk.

“Storm Henk will initially bring very strong winds to the southwest of England and Southern Wales, with gusts of up to 80mph possible. As Storm Henk moves north-eastwards across the south of the UK through Tuesday the strongest winds will also move eastwards, across the south Midlands, Home Counties and East Anglia through the afternoon and evening."

A Yellow weather warning is also in place for rain.