SOMERSET is being warned to brace itself ahead of 'severe gales' forecast to hit the county this weekend.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning ahead of expected high winds reaching up to 70mph in coastal areas and between 50 and 60mph inland.

Forecasters say people should expect:

* Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely

* Some bus and train services to be affected, with some journeys taking longer

* Some short term loss of power and other services is possible

* It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves

* Some damage to temporary structures is possible.

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Households are being urged to check gardens for lose items that may be disturbed by the wind, including Christmas decorations.