Storm Ciara has well and truly arrived in Greater Manchester today.
Heavy gusts of wind and relentless rain is lashing most of the UK and there looks to be no relief in sight for the remainder of Sunday.
With that, two weather warnings are currently in place across Greater Manchester throughout the day while the Met Office says there could be a "danger to life" to people who leave their homes given the strength of the storm's winds.
Police chiefs and weather experts advise against leaving the house today, with the former urging people to "stay in doors and keep warm."
The first of the two weather warnings in place across Greater Manchester is an amber warning for wind.
What to expect during an amber warning
- Flying debris that could lead to injuries or danger to life
- Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs expected
- Longer journey times and cancellations, as road, rail, air and ferry services affected
- Some roads and bridges closed
- Power cuts with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
- Injuries and danger to life from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties
There is also a yellow warning in place, which is the lesser of the two – however a yellow warning is still very significant.
What to expect during the yellow warning
- Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible
- Injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties
- Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, could happen
- Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible
- Some roads and bridges may close
- Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
According to the Met Office website, "a band of heavy rain will move through the region throughout the morning, accompanied by gales and severe gales. Rain will clear to squally showers in the afternoon with the odd sunny spell.
"As the day progresses, it will become rather cloudy with showers, these possibly heavy and wintry over the higher ground, with some drier spells in-between. Winds will remain strong with gales."
Basically, if you're going out today, be careful, and don't forget your brolly.