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Lives could be at risk with winds of up to 80mph expected as Storm Eleanor hits Britain, forecasters have warned.

A WARNING was issued to 14 counties earlier today, advising people to stay inside as winds of up to 130 km/h were predicted.

The Met Office said the storm, part of an unsettled low-pressure system, will hit the United Kingdom tonight, and continue to rage on Wednesday, bringing snow across higher ground and rain for the rest of us, as well as gales.

A yellow weather warning been issued for the North East, as parts of the country are to experience wind gusts of up to 80 miles per hour overnight.

Forecasters also say there is a "danger to life" from beach material being thrown up onto the coast.

This evening and overnight Storm "Eleanor" will bring a short period of disruptive winds to Cumbria and Lancashire which coincides with a period of high spring tides. "It could remain more unsettled in the south".

"The details of the forecast later this week and into the weekend are extremely uncertain at this stage, so my advice is to keep up to date with the latest forecasts as confidence will increase later in the week".

Police in North Yorkshire have warned drivers to be extra careful tonight and tomorrow.

The Environment Agency is expecting to issue flood alerts too, ahead of those high spring tides.

"Particularly strong and gusty winds could be associated with heavy, blustery showers on Wednesday".