Storm warning as Hurricane Gonzalo heads for Wakefield district

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Fierce gales and heavy rain are expected to batter parts of the Wakefield district as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo strike.

Fallen trees and flooding could cause rush-hour chaos across the area on Tuesday morning, according to the Met Office.

It has issued a yellow ‘be aware’ weather alert for the area between midnight and 3pm on Tuesday and is urging the public to take “extra care”.

A Met Office spokesman said: “The remains of Hurricane Gonzalo will run eastwards across the Atlantic, reaching the UK on Monday night, bringing a period of strong winds and heavy rain to the UK.

“The strongest winds are expected on Tuesday. Gusts exceeding 50mph are likely.

“The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel, especially as the strongest winds will coincide with rush-hour in places, and perhaps some damage to trees.

“Difficult driving conditions will result, exacerbated by surface water and spray.

“The public is advised to take extra care.”