A FLOOD alert has been issued for Wirral's coastline as Storm Hector sweeps across the North West.

The Environment Agency has issued the alert for the Irish Sea from New Brighton to Hoylake between 11.45am and 12.30pm.

Parts of Leasowe and Wallasey may also see some local flooding.

Forecasters are urging residents to 'stay aware' of their local surroundings and to stay safe.

The Mersey Ferry service has also been suspended due to high winds and is due to begin again at 1pm from the Pier Head.

Gusts of up to 60mph and 70mph locally are expected throughout today as Storm Hector moves from Northern Ireland to northern parts of the UK.

Yesterday, the Met Office issued a 'yellow' weather warning and suggested that they may have to issue severe 'amber' warning if the risk to life increases further.

Longer journey times and cancellations to road, rail, air and ferry services are likely and there is a chance that some damage could be caused to buildings.

Power cuts may also occur and mobile phone coverage could be affected.

Highways England has also issued a 'Severe Weather Alert' for drivers of high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes.

Drivers are also being urged to plan ahead of their journey, leave extra time if conditions are poor and delay travelling if the weather is too severe.