WEATHER experts are warning of "very strong" winds as Storm Gerrit intensifies. 

The Met Office has issued a yellow alert for wind in West Yorkshire, starting at 6pm today and ending at 3am tomorrow.

West Yorkshire is currently feeling the effects of Storm Gerrit, with a yellow warning of rain in force in the region until 6pm today

Regarding the wind warning, a Met Office spokesperson said: "During Wednesday evening and night, a further spell of very strong southwesterly winds is expected to sweep east to produce gusts of 50 to 60 mph.

"There is also the potential for gusts of around 70 to 75 mph near exposed coasts and over high ground.

"Heavy, squally showers will accompany these strong winds.

"The winds will ease later in the night."

What to expect, according to the Met Office

  • There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs

  • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport can be expected

  • There could be some short-term loss of power and other services

  • Coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves

  • Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges can be expected

  • There is a small chance of injuries from flying debris