GALE force winds reaching up to 60mph will batter the UK in just a few hours as the remnants of Hurricane Lorenzo hit the coast tonight.
The 500 mile-wide storm – dubbed a “real beast” by the Met Office – will thrash the coast before bringing rain across parts of the country overnight.
Dozens of flood warnings have been put into place across the UK for today, with storm warnings put in place from 3pm today.
Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said the impacts of Hurricane Lorenzo – now downgraded to a storm – were already beginning to strengthen.
He said: “The centre of Lorenzo is just off to the west of Ireland and it’s beginning to produce galeforce winds across the Republic of Ireland.
“The winds are beginning to strengthen.”
He said certain areas of the UK’s west would experience gales from 50 to 60mph as rain hammered down.
Mr Snell said: “A good chunk of the rain will hit tonight, moving into the far west of the UK before transferring eastwards this evening.
“By tomorrow, the first band will have cleared into the sea and the second band of rain will hit in South West England in the morning hours.”
A yellow wind warning is currently in place for areas around Londonderry, with the Met Office warning of travel delays.
Coastal routes will also be affected by large waves with power losses possible.
By 4am, another wind warning will be in place for area around Plymouth.
Mr Snell warned: “The rain will be heavy but it’s moving fairly quickly, and in Northern England we will see about 20 to 30mm of rain.”
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