STORM Helene is expected to bring gusts of wind of up to 85mph across Wirral next week.

Met Office forecasters have issued a severe weather warning for Monday, September 17 from 6pm until 12pm on Tuesday, September 18 as Storm Helene sweeps across the nation.

Throughout Monday night Storm Helene will push north-east before clearing quickly to north Scotland on Tuesday morning.

It is not yet known what direction the storm will take however forecasters are warning that there will be very strong winds of around 55 to 65mph with the potential for gusts of 70 to 80mph in exposed areas.

Residents are being urged to stay safe as the dangerous weather could pose a danger to life with flying debris.

People are also being urged to stay away from coastal areas such as New Brighton due to large waves and beach material being thrown.

Longer journey times are also expected with road, rail, air and ferry services delays and cancellations likely.

Meteorologist at the Met Office Emma Smith said: "Helene is moving up from the Atlantic towards us.

"Hurricane Joyce is also in the Atlantic so we need to see how those two systems are going to move around each other because that could have an impact.

"It looks like Helene will move towards Ireland on Tuesday morning.

"It's possible that the west coast of Wales and Cornwall could get some winds as well, but we will get a clearer picture of what to expect very soon."