SOMERSET has been warned to brace itself as strong winds are set to hit the county. 

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for wind starting from 6pm on Thursday (September 20) until 9am on Friday (September 21). 

Forecasters have warned residents in the South West to expect very strong winds, power cuts, longer journey times and the potential for damage to buildings as winds reaching speeds of up to 65mph are set to hit the county. 

A Met Office spokesman, said: "An area of strong winds is likely to develop across parts of Wales and South West England during Thursday evening before spreading further eastwards across England.

Bridgwater Mercury:

"The strongest winds are then expected to clear into the North Sea early on Friday.

"Most likely is that we will see gusts of 45-50 mph in a few spots inland as well as more widely around exposed coasts.

"However, there is a small chance that stronger winds will develop in some areas with 60-65 mph gusts possible, particularly overnight into Friday across eastern England.

"The strong winds will accompanied by short-lived outbreaks of very heavy rain in places."