People in the North East are being warned to brace themselves for strong winds as Storm Jorge heads to the UK.

Named by the Spanish meteorological service Agencia Estatal de Meteorología on Thursday, Storm Jorge will track across the north west of the UK over the weekend bringing another spell of strong winds and heavy rain.

The North East is also expected to get strong gusts, with the Met Office issuing a yellow weather warning for wind, lasting from midday on Saturday to midday on Sunday.

Paul Gundersen, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "This weekend we’ll see another named storm bring strong winds to parts of the UK with several wind and rain warnings in place.

"On Friday a band of rain associated with Storm Jorge will move across the UK - we have issued rain warnings for parts of Wales and northern England, where rain will be heaviest and we could see 60-80mm possible over the highest ground.

"South-westerly winds will strengthen through Saturday morning and it’ll turn widely windy except for northern Scotland, with wind warnings in place for Northern Ireland, Wales, southern Scotland and much of England.

"Where warnings are in place gusts of 50mph-60mph are likely quite widely, with 65mph-70mph possible in coastal areas, however the strongest and most damaging winds are expected across the Republic of Ireland."

Forecasters say some delays to road, rail, air and ferry journeys are likely, and there could also be delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges.

They added: "It's likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves."