STRONG winds could cause travel disruption this week, as the Borders is hit with a yellow weather warning.

For 24 hours on Thursday the Borders can expect strong winds affecting the whole of the region.

The Met Office warning, in place from 12am to midnight on Thursday, December 21, could cause cancellations or delays to public transport, and a slight chance of power cuts which may affect mobile phone service.

There is also a small chance of injury and danger to life from falling debris and from large waves and beach material being thrown in coastal areas.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "Overnight Wednesday into Thursday, strong west to north-westerly winds are likely to develop across a large swathe of the country.

"Quite widely winds are expected to peak with gusts reaching 50-60 mph, however in some locations, such as exposed coastlines, plus over and to the east of high ground, there is a chance that gusts of 70-80 mph may be seen in some populated places.

"The exact areas and timing of the peak wind gusts speeds are yet to be fully determined, with a chance that this event could continue into Friday for some areas too."

For more information on the warning, visit the Met Office website.

How to stay safe in strong winds

Here's some advice from the Met Office on the steps to take in order to stay safe during periods of strong winds...

  • Prepare to protect your property and people from injury. Check for loose items outside your home and plan how you could secure them. Items include; bins, garden furniture, trampolines, tents, sheds and fences.
  • Give yourself the best chance of avoiding delays by checking road conditions if driving, or bus and train timetables, amending your travel plans if necessary.
  • People cope better with power cuts when they have prepared for them in advance. It’s easy to do; consider gathering torches and batteries, a mobile phone power pack and other essential items.
  • If you are on the coast, stay safe during stormy weather by being aware of large waves. Even from the shore large breaking waves can sweep you off your feet and out to sea. Take care if walking near cliffs; know your route and keep dogs on a lead. In an emergency, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
  • Be prepared for weather warnings to change quickly. When a weather warning is issued, the Met Office recommends staying up to date with the weather forecast in your area.