The Met Office have issued a severe wind weather warning for Blackpool with gusts of more than 80mph possible in some coastal areas.
It is valid until 11pm.
It warns of "spells of wet and windy weather" which will affect "many areas later this week and over the weekend, with surface water issues an additional hazard in south-western parts of both England and Wales".
However, the Met Office has also warned that it is possible that the strongest winds may miss the United Kingdom altogether.
The Met Office is predicting winds of 50mph to 60mph, which could affect travel and produce some minor damage.
"Gusts of 60 to 70mph may still occur in southern counties, where there remains a small chance of 80 miles per hour gusts in exposed coastal areas".
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Gale-force winds could bring travel disruption later this week as stormy conditions sweep across parts of the country.
If that is upgraded to an amber "be prepared" warning, the storm is likely to be officially named.
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"The most likely scenario is for inland locations to see a relatively short period of 40-50 miles per hour gusts".
Coastal areas could see periods of 50 to 60mph gusts, with isolated gusts of up to 70mph.
"There remains a low likelihood of gusts reaching 80mph in some exposed southern counties".