STORM Brendan is ushering in a wet and blustery start to the week in Herefordshire, the Met Office has warned.

A yellow weather warning has been issued, with strong winds expected to buffet much of England and Wales on Tuesday.

A weather warning is also in force for parts of Wales and Scotland on Monday.

In Herefordshire, Kitchen Lane in Orleton, near Leominster, has become one of the first victims of high winds. It has been closed by a fallen tree and will remain shut until tomorrow Tuesday), according to police.

A dry, bright start on Monday will give way to wind and rain as we move through the day, with rain for much of the evening and squally winds expected.

Tuesday will remain wet, with strong winds bringing a risk of disruption across Herefordshire.

Flood alerts have also been issued for the rivers Frome, Wye, and Lugg in Herefordshire.

The Environment Agency said river levels are rising at the Hay-on-Wye, Bishops Frome, Yarkhill, and Lugwardine gauges, and flooding is affecting some low lying areas.

With further rainfall predicted, levels may continue to rise, and officers are closely monitoring the situation.

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: "As Storm Brendan pushes though, pretty much every part of the UK will feel the influence."

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Storm Brendan is set to bring wind and rain to the UK. Graphic: Met Office

Everywhere in the UK will see rain on Monday at some point, he said, adding that the storm will move through pretty quickly.

The Met Office warning added that disruption to travel is "likely".

Forecasters are warning that coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities may be affected by spray or large waves.

There may also be some short term loss of power and other services.