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A severe weather warning has been issued as Derbyshire braces itself for very strong winds brought by Storm Aileen.
Storm-force winds and torrential rain are set to hit Britain as a deep trough of low pressure heads inland from the Atlantic.
Between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, the Met Office is warning that gusts of 55-65mph are likely to batter Derbyshire and parts of Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
The Beaufort scale suggests this could mean building and tree damage.
Winds could reach 75mph in exposed locations, powerful enough for the storm to warrant its own name and an amber, or severe, weather warning.
Storm Aileen is the first storm to be named since this season's names were released last week, as part of a scheme by the Met Office to raise awareness of extreme weather conditions in the UK and Ireland.
Chief forecaster Frank Saunders said: "Storm Aileen is expected to bring strong winds of up to 75mph to a central segment of the UK and an amber weather warning has been issued.
"As well as the strong winds, there will be some heavy rain pushing eastwards overnight which could see accumulations of 30-40mm.
"The low-pressure system that is bringing these strong winds will move fairly swiftly from west to east over the UK and although there will still be some disruption through Wednesday morning, the winds will ease by the afternoon leaving a day of blustery showers."
Rush-hour travel will be hit by the conditions in the worst-hit areas. Winds will pick-up with gusts reaching gale force from the south-west.
The stormy weather is set to have an adverse effect on transport and air services with restrictions also expected on exposed roads and bridges. There is also a risk of structural damage and power cuts.
Meteorologist Eleanor Bell, of The Weather Channel, said: “A deep area of low pressure will bring strong south-westerly winds with rain into Ireland, spreading eastwards through the evening. The winds will be strong to near gale force and gusty south-westerly.
“The low will shift eastwards overnight and become centred over the North Sea."
Forecaster Dr Michael de Villiers, of The Weather Channel, said conditions were not yet bad enough for Storm Aileen to be confirmed, but this could change if the low deepened in the next 12 hours."
The Met Office said there was no connection between the high winds the UK is expected to see and the severe weather battering the Caribbean and the US, with the UK's weather system originating north in the Atlantic, independent of the current hurricanes across the ocean.
As Storm Aileen clears out eastwards into the North Sea, the UK will be left with cool, showery conditions by the end of the week and into the weekend, the forecasters said.