GUSTY winds are set to batter Worcestershire as people are urged to batten down the hatches and brace themselves for flooding and flying debris.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Wednesday, predicting strong and gusty winds will strike Worcestershire for much of the day.

The weather warning for wind will be in force between around midnight and 10pm on Wednesday as a swathe of strengthening winds pushes in from the west, bringing blustery showers.

Dave Throup, Environment Agency manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, said: "Batten your hatches! A rough spell of weather is coming up and it’s coinciding with high tides.

There is risk of some flooding on both Wye and Severn estuaries.

"We have teams planning and preparing today and tomorrow for possible impacts later in the week."

The Met Office says strong and at times gusty winds are expected through much of Wednesday.

Combined with a period of high tides, it's likely that some coastal communities and routes will be affected by spray and large waves.

There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown on to sea fronts, roads and coastal properties, along western and southern coasts.

There is a small chance of injuries and danger to life, as well as minor property damage, from flying debris.

There is a small chance of transport delays, route and bridge closures.