WILD STORM TO BLAST BRITAIN
70mph winds and heavy rain on way
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