FORECASTERS have warned of strong winds, flying debris and travel disruption for anyone travelling North this week.

Met Office bosses have released an Amber Warning ahead of the arrival of Storm Ali tomorrow, which could push windspeeds up to 80mph.

Laura Paterson, chief forecaster for the Met Office, has warned that the storm could be especially dangerous because most trees still have their leaves, meaning they are more likely to be blown over.

She said: "Storm Ali is expected to bring a spell of very strong winds to northern parts of the UK through Wednesday, particularly Northern Ireland, central and southern Scotland and the far northwest of England.

"As this is the first spell of very strong winds of the season, and given that most trees are still in full leaf, we are likely to see some dangerous conditions with falling trees and flying branches and other debris likely.

"Strong winds will be accompanied by heavy, squally showers."

Ali is the first storm to be named by the Met Office this season and is expected to mostly hit the Northwest of England tomorrow, along with parts of Northern Ireland and Wales, before travelling north into Scotland as the week goes on.

Forecaster do not expect the storm to travel over Bolton but it will affect those travelling and could cause problems to rail and air travel across the North.