POWER cut safety tips have been issued as Storm Ciara is forecast to bring 65-75 miles per hour winds.

Heavy rain, snow and widespread gales are expected to hit North Wales this weekend.

Strong winds, gusting up to 65-75mph are anticipated in coastal and exposed areas, with parts of North Wales looking at nearer 85mph gusts.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warning for gale force winds and widespread heavy showers.

It has also warned that the storm could have an impact on traffic causing delays and cancellations to transport services.

The extreme weather has prompted SP Energy Networks to issued power cut safety advice.

The electricity distributor for North Wales, has been working throughout the year to help reduce the chance of power loss during severe weather.

Residents across North Wales are being asked to "be prepared" as flooding on roads can cause difficulties for engineers to reach faults in the network,

Stephen Stewart, North Wales SP Energy Networks' director said:

“Although power cuts are rare events for most people, during storms they become more likely. Storm Ciara is set to reach North Wales so it’s important that our customers are prepared for a power cut, just in case.

“Our team of engineers have been working hard to increase the resilience of the network. We do however, have a team of engineers on hand 24/7 who will come out to your area in the event of any power outages caused by the extreme weather. You can report any power cuts to us by calling the national emergency 105 helpline.”

The top tips for being prepared in the event of a power outage are: Have the national 105 emergency helpline on hand, keep it on the fridge or saved on a mobile phone.

Store a battery powered torch, leave it somewhere easily accessible, to check on the fuse box or move round the house safely.

Beware of fallen powerlines, keep mobiles charged, to be able to call the national 105 emergency helpline or use an analogue phone which doesn't use electricity.

Join the free Priority Services Register – if electricity is crucial to your health (for instance, if you use medical equipment at home) or you have a child aged five or under, or you just feel you need extra help.

Ask to be included on SP Energy Networks’ Priority Services register by calling 0330 1010 167 or text PSR to 61999. If your power is off, we can make sure you are supported.

For more information on what to do in the event of a power emergency, visit spenergynetworks.co.uk. In the event of a power cut call the new national 105 emergency helpline.