DOU­BLE TROU­BLE Two mega-storms to hit UK

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Stephen Hayward

TROP­I­CAL storms in the wake of a deadly hur­ri­cane are set to bat­ter the UK with gale force winds and tor­ren­tial rain.

A “dan­ger to life” warn­ing has been is­sued across parts of the UK amid fears roads and air­ports could be dis­rupted.

Storms Isaac and He­lene are whip­ping up the At­lantic be­hind Hur­ri­cane Florence, which claimed five lives.

In the northern Philip­pines, 14 peo­ple were killed as a 115mph typhoon ripped through the main is­land of Lu­zon.

Road and bridges were closed and thou­sands were evac­u­ated. Two res­cuers died try­ing to help peo­ple trapped in a land­slide.

Here the Met Of­fice has is­sued se­vere weather warn­ings for wind across north-west and south-west Eng­land, Scot­land and Wales from to­mor­row night un­til Tues­day lunchtime. But the “trop­i­cal” na­ture will mean the mer­cury could rise up to 30C af­ter the week­end. Met Of­fice spokesman Gra­hame Madge said the level-one yellow alert may be up­graded depend­ing on the storm’s path and sever­ity.

He said: “The UK’S weather will come un­der the in­flu­ence of ex­hur­ri­cane He­lene although other sys­tems in the At­lantic may mod­ify this par­tic­u­lar one.

“There is a warn­ing out from Mon­day night, with He­lene ex­pected to bring strong winds and heavy rain mainly across western Bri­tain through Tues­day morn­ing.”

Among the dead in the States is a mum and her child killed when a tree hit their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Streets were lit­tered with de­bris and hun­dreds of homes were flooded. More heavy rain­fall is fore­cast even though Florence has been down­graded to a storm.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump yes­ter­day de­clared the worst hit ar­eas a dis­as­ter zone. Some towns have had 2ft of rain and nearly a mil­lion homes are with­out power.

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