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Met Office issues yellow weather warning for strong winds, especially in coastal Kent

Parts of Kent are being battered by strong winds today as the Met Office issues a weather warning of gales of up to 60mph.

Exposed coastal areas in Kent and the rest of southern England are set to experience the worst of the gusts.

Forecasters warn the blustery conditions could cause damage to trees and make travel tricky for the likes of towing vehicles.

Kent is being battered by strong winds. Stock image.
Kent is being battered by strong winds. Stock image.

A yellow weather warning is in place for the county from 9am to 7pm today.

Most areas are experiencing gusts of up to 50mph due to southwesterly winds, which are expected to reach 60mph along the Kent coast.

A Met Office spokesman said: "A rather deep and complex area of low pressure will bring windy conditions widely on Tuesday, but these winds will be strongest near the south coast in the morning, then more generally across south west England and parts of South Wales later in the day.

"Such winds would be quite normal in winter but rather less so (though not exceptional) in May, and with trees well into leaf now, and some extra holiday traffic around, some minor impacts are likely."

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