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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Storm warning for south of England

Storm warning for south of England


The Met Office has warned that a storm forecast for Monday could cause disruption in the south of England.
An amber alert for wind has been issuedand there is also concern that heavy rain could cause flooding.
The Met Office said the public in the affected area "should be prepared for the risk of falling trees as well as damage to buildings and other structures" caused by strong winds.
Storm cloudsThere is uncertainty as to what time the storm will hit at this stage
There is uncertainty about the timing of the storm at this stage.
Colin Seddon from the BBC Weather Centre said it "is certainly the worst storm we've seen this year".
He said there is potential for gusts of wind over 80mph, especially on exposed coasts in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, West Sussex, East Sussex and Kent.
Rain warning
Northern England, the Midlands, southern England and Wales have also been issued with a yellow warning for rain on Monday.
Yellow alerts are the lowest level of the three warnings.
The Met Office said people in those areas should "be aware of the potential for surface water flooding" because of the rain.
The Met Office's chief forecaster said: "A strong, high-level jet is expected to engage warm low level air to give rise to a rapidly moving low pressure system later on Sunday.
"This is expected to run north-eastwards, probably across England and Wales, with very strong winds on its southern and western flanks.
"There is the potential for gusts of over 80 mph, especially on exposed coasts, both in south-westerly winds ahead of the low and west to north-westerly winds behind it."