70mph winds and heavy rain on way

Daily Express - - FRONT PAGE - By Nathan Rao

THE re­mains of two At­lantic hur­ri­canes could un­leash a month’s rain in tor­ren­tial down­pours tonight.

Bri­tain will be hit by 70mph winds, dam­ag­ing prop­erty and caus­ing treach­er­ous con­di­tions

on the roads through­out the week­end.

A se­vere weather warn­ing for rain and gales is in place for to­mor­row with an­other wind alert is­sued across Scot­land and the North on Mon­day.

Much of the UK is braced for floods, power out­ages and road clo­sures over the next cou­ple of days.

While Scot­land and the west coast of Eng­land will bear the brunt of the on­slaught much of the country will get a shake-up.

The re­mains of Lee – a Cat­e­gory 1 hur­ri­cane – will whip up strong west­erly winds and rain tonight and to­mor­row. Maria, which was down­graded to a tropical storm, will then bring fur­ther down­pours and un­set­tled weather into Mon­day be­fore things set­tle down.

Bri­tish Weather Ser­vices fore­caster Jim Dale said: “We have a warn­ing out into Sun­day which is when we think we will see the fo­cus of the un­set­tled weather.

“This is due to a low-pres­sure sys­tem be­ing given a bit of a boost by the rem­nants of hur­ri­cane Lee and apart from the South-east and East Anglia much of the country is likely af­fected.

“We could see gusts of be­tween 60 to 70mph in ex­posed re­gions par­tic­u­larly in Scot­land and the North.”

The Met Of­fice has is­sued a se­vere weather warn­ing for rain in Scot­land and down the west coast of Eng­land to­mor­row.

Met Of­fice fore­caster Emma Sharples said: “There will be a lot of rain around and winds could be strong to se­vere gale force in parts as warm air from what is left of Lee bol­sters this sys­tem.

“Winds will in­crease as we go through Sun­day be­fore the rem­nants of Maria then ar­rive into the start of next week.

“This will bring out­breaks of rain largely in the South-west on Mon­day – a sep­a­rate warn­ing has been is­sued for wind in the North. Warm air as­so­ci­ated with these tropical sys­tems could push tem­per­a­tures to 70F (21C).”

Met Of­fice chief fore­caster Laura Pater­son said winds will be strong enough to top­ple trees and dam­age build­ings.

She added: “Spray and flood­ing on roads could make jour­ney times longer and could af­fect some bus and train ser­vices.

“Strong winds may be an ad­di­tional hazard at times, per­haps with fall­ing trees caus­ing some in­ter­rup­tions to power sup­plies.”

Gales could touch 70mph in ex­posed parts of the UK on Mon­day bring­ing dan­ger­ous road con­di­tions, she added.

Lon­don­ers bat­tle against the rain yes­ter­day

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