STORM Francis could bring winds of up to 60mph to Dorset today, the Met Office has warned.

A yellow alert will be in force for Bournemouth, Poole and the rest of the county between 9am on Tuesday until 9am on Wednesday.

Gusts of 55mph to 60mph are widely expected with potential for winds to reach up to 70mph on exposed coats and hills.

Injuries and danger to life form flying debris and large waves, damage to buildings, travel disruption and power cuts could potentially occur.

The Met Office said: “Storm Francis will bring some very strong winds leading to disruption to travel and power supplies along with potential damage to trees.”

A spokesperson said: “A spell of very strong winds is likely to develop across the southwest of England and Wales later on Tuesday morning, before spreading east across other parts of England and Wales during the afternoon and evening, clearing into the North Sea on Wednesday morning.

“Gusts are likely to reach 55-60 mph for quite a few places, with exposed coasts and hills seeing gusts of around 70 mph. Whilst not exceptional, winds this strong are unusual for August and they will be accompanied by some heavy rain in places, with possible transport disruption and impacts on outdoor activities.”

The warning comes just days after Storm Ellen brought strong winds and heavy rain to Dorset.