A ‘DANGER to life’ warning has been issued as Storm Eleanor heads to the shores of the South West.

The region’s coast will bear the brunt of the storm when it hits our shores at about midnight tonight.

People in Taunton and the rest of Somerset are being warned to brace themselves as the ‘yellow’ warning for wind from the Met Office will be in place between 00.05am and 10pm Wednesday.

The Met Office said on its website: “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, whilst 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, and cancellations to public transport. As well as this, there is a small chance of disruption to power and other services.”

A red ‘flood warning’ is in place for Porlock Weir and residents have been warned immediate action is likely to be required.