AN AMBER warning for wind has been issued on Boxing Day as Storm Bella is predicted to hit Dorset.

The Met Office has issued the alert for 8pm on Boxing Day through to 9am on Sunday, December 27.

The warning covers all of the south coast as well as southern parts of Wales.

It is predicted that the storm will bring disruption to travel and utilities across the region.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "Very strong southwesterly winds are expected for parts of south and southeast England and south Wales on Sunday morning.

"Inland gusts of 50-60 mph are likely with a few spots likely to see 60-70 mph for a time.

"Hills and particularly coasts exposed to the southwesterly winds will see a few gusts of 70-80 mph. In addition to the strong winds, a period of heavy, squally rain is expected and may prove an additional hazard."

A nationwide yellow wind warning remains in place from 3pm on Saturday through to 12pm on Sunday.

The Met Office has provided the following guidance on what to expect from the amber warning:

  • Longer journey times and cancellations likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected
  • Some roads and bridges likely to close
  • Probably some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs
  • Flying debris is likely and could lead to Injuries or danger to life
  • Injuries and danger to life is likely from large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties
  • There is a good chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage