"STRONG" winds are expected to continue in the Borders during the first part of the week, according to the Met Office.

The forecaster issued a yellow alert for the region, starting on Tuesday (January 23) at 4pm and lasting until 12pm the following day.

Borderers have been warned that there could be power cuts and some damage to buildings due to the conditions.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "A spell of strong west or southwesterly winds is likely to affect Northern Ireland, north Wales, northern England and much of Scotland from Tuesday evening. Winds are likely to gust 50-60mph. There is potential for winds to gusts 60-70mph in a few places, although it is not yet clear where the most likely location for the stronger winds is at this time.

"Further updates to this warning are likely in the coming days."

The spokesperson added: "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."

There is already a yellow warning in place today (Monday) which covers the period until midday.

The warning said that winds associated with Storm Isha could bring travel disruption.