Storm Brian set to batter the UK

Kristopher Drake
October 22, 2017

The UK is expected to be battered by up to 70mph gusts from early on Saturday morning, with forecasters warning of the potential for power cuts, flooding and delays to transport.

"Gusts exceeding 50 miles per hour are expected widely within the warning area, with gusts of around 70 miles per hour along exposed coastal areas".

He said: "The east-facing coast could well see the strongest winds".

Alison Baptiste, National flood duty manager for the Environment Agency has warned: "Strong winds are expected across southern England on Friday night and into Saturday".

Craig Snell, a forecaster for the Met Office, said: "We are more concerned about flooding occurring in areas such as the north western and south western parts of England and also Wales, which is why our 45 flood alerts and six flood warnings remain in place".

Following the destruction of Storm Ophelia on Monday, in which three people in the Republic lost their lives, Met Eireann has issued orange and yellow wind warnings across the country for Storm Brian.

The south-west of England is predicted to be the worst-affected with severe waves on the coast.

Now no flood alerts or flood warnings have been issued for the Anglian region by the Environment Agency (EA), but EA national flood duty manager, Alison Baptiste, said: "We urge people to stay safe along the coast".

He said: "Environment Agency teams are on the ground, checking defences and taking precautionary action to close tidal gates and put up temporary barriers".

The Met Office has also warned of the possibility of power loss.

The weather system, officially known as an explosive cyclogenesis, is caused when a jet stream of strong winds high up in the atmosphere interacts with a low pressure system, causing it to spin faster and faster.

A spokesman said: 'Fallen trees and other debris may temporarily block railway lines and damage overhead wires.

Check in with the website and follow the progress of Storm Brian live as it hits Ireland and Kilkenny this weekend.

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