People are being warned to take "extreme caution" around coastal areas ahead of a storm expected to hit the west coast of Scotland.

The warning comes from the RNLI after the Met Office issued yellow 'be aware' weather warnings for large parts of the UK.

The warning is in place from midday on Wednesday, September 27 until the morning of Thursday, September 28.

The Met Office says esidents should expect some flooding on the roads, with coastal areas expected to be hit hardest by spray and flying debris.

Storm Agnes, the first named storm of the season, poses a safety risk to those visiting the coast and the lifesaving charity is urging the public to exercise extreme caution, particularly along exposed cliffs, seafronts and piers.

The most powerful winds are expected to hit the Irish Sea coasts but strong winds will still affect western regions of the UK and Ireland. Heavy rainfall is also forecast for Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England.

 RNLI Advice

  • Stay well back from stormy, wintery seas and cliff edges

  •  Check the weather forecast and tide times before you go

  •  Take a phone with you

  • In an emergency call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard

Sam Hughes, RNLI Water Safety Partner, said: "The forecasted strong winds along with heavy rain are likely to cause dangerous conditions for those visiting the coast around the UK and Ireland.

"The RNLI advises staying a safe distance away from the water and cliff edges as the conditions could knock you off your feet or wash you into the sea. It is not worth risking your life.

"If you see someone else in danger in the water, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard. If you have something that floats that they can hold on to, throw it to them. Don’t go in the water yourself – you may end up in difficulty too."