THE highest level of weather warning has been issued for the North East as forecasters warn of high winds. 

The Met Office said high winds associated with Storm Arwen will bring damage and travel disruption across the region while also posing a "danger to life". 

A spell of exceptionally strong northerly winds will affect North East England this evening until around 2am the following day.

The Northern Echo:

Gusts of 80-90 mph are likely and these will generate some very large waves.

Damage to buildings and homes is expected with roofs blown off and power lines brought down.

Roads, bridges and railway lines could be closed due to the weather, with delays and cancellations to bus, train, ferry services and flights possible. 

There could also be large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and homes.

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