THE Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for high winds in Bradford later today.

The warning runs from 8pm today until 10am on Wednesday, and is for Storm Aileen which is expected to bring very strong winds, with gusts of between 50 and 60 miles per hour.

People are being told to expected longer journey times by road, rail and air, with restrictions on roads and bridges.

There is also the chance of power cuts, damage to buildings and to trees.

People in Keighley are also being warned about potential heavy rainfall from 5pm today until 8am on Wednesday, which may cause flooding on the transport network, with spray and difficult driving conditions due to the combination of rain and wind.

In the district it expected to rain from 7pm and for much of Wednesday, before drying up towards the end of the week.

Storm Aileen's path. Source: The Met Office 

Highways England has also issued a warning to motorists to keep safe on the roads during turbulent weather.

It has issued a 'be aware' alert in response to the Met Office's weather warnings.

Drivers of lorries, caravans and motorbikes are being advised to avoid exposed sections of road, including the M62 between junction 23 for Huddersfield and junction 25 for Brighouse.

Richard Leonard, head of road user safety at Highways England, said: “We’re encouraging drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before setting off on journeys, with strong winds and heavy rain expected from Tuesday evening until Wednesday morning.

“In high winds, there’s a particular risk to lorries, caravans and motorbikes so we’d advise drivers of these vehicles to slow down and avoid using exposed sections of road if possible.”

Drivers are being told to reduce their speed if rain and spray from vehicles makes it difficult to see or be seen, to keep well back from the vehicle in front, and to ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually if steering becomes unresponsive due to rain.