New weather warning issued after strong winds hit Leicestershire

The Met Office has issued another yellow warning for Leicestershire, after strong winds hit the county yesterday.

The new weather warning is for 6pm today to 9am on Friday. Forecasters say we could see gusts of up to 65mph, as well as heavy rain.

The high winds are part of Storm Ali, which has seen 100mph winds batter the UK.

In Leicesteshire, trees have been blown over and two recycling centres had to be closed due to the weather. The council has been busy clearing away fallen trees.

A county council spokeswoman said: “We’ve got crews out clearing fallen trees and branches blocking roads and footpaths and have received 26 reports across the county so far.”

The fire service has warned the public to be careful during the storm, particularly when walking under trees.

The Met Office has also warned of damage to buildings, as well as public transport, roads, power supplies and mobile phone coverage being affected by the strong winds.

A huge clean-up operation is under way across the country following the storms. Two people have died and thousands of homes are without power due to the severe winds.