TWO inches of rain is expected to fall in just six hours this weekend as the tail end of the storm batters Britain.
Storm Lorenzo is gearing up to unleash gale-force winds reaching up to 60mph, as the 500-mile-wide storm will thrash the west coast before bringing rain across much of the country.
Large waves hit the harbour wall as Storm Lorenzo hits the Welsh seaside resort of Porthcawl in Bridgend[/caption]
The storm – dubbed a “real beast” by the Met Office – will batter the UK with torrential rain which will move “into the far west of the UK before transferring eastwards.”
The Environment Agency has issued 28 flood alerts and eight flood warnings across the UK with half a month’s rain set to fall by the end of the week.
50MM OF RAINFALL
A Met Office spokesperson told Sun Online: “We’re going to be seeing thickening clouds in the west, and the heavy rain will stall and linger in the eastern parts of the country.
“We’ve put some weather warnings in place, the heaviest rain will hit the east.
“We can expect to see 50mm of rain fall in just six hours. That’s two whole full weeks of rain.”
Coastal routes will also be affected by large waves with power losses possible.
We can expect to see 50mm of rain fall in just six hours. That’s two whole full weeks of rain
Met Office spokesperson
The spokesperson added: “Sunday will see the worst of the rain and will be a generally wetter day than Saturday.
“We can expect heavy and persistent downpour.”
Met Office weather forecaster Craig Snell told Sun Online: “The centre of Lorenzo is just off to the west of Ireland and it’s beginning to produce gale-force winds across the Republic of Ireland.
“The winds are beginning to strengthen.”
He added certain areas of the UK’s west would experience gales from 50-60mph as rain hammers down this morning.
The rain will move “into the far west of the UK before transferring eastwards.”
Hurricane Lorenzo, which was a maximum Category 5 storm before hitting the Azores, was the strongest hurricane ever recorded so close to Europe.
Met Office weather forecaster Greg Dewhurst told Mirror Online: “Through the weekend and into next week it looks like heavy rain at times and strong winds at times.
“It stays wet and windy until the end of Wednesday.”
The Met Office said: “The National Hurricane Center has confirmed Hurricane Lorenzo is the strongest on record this far north and east in the Atlantic.”
‘ROUGH SEA CONDITIONS’
The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) fear people will put themselves in danger by taking selfies with the huge waves as a backdrop.
The charity says lives could be lost if people are swept into the sea trying to get their best ‘This is me and Hurricane Lorenzo’ shots’.
Steve Instance, RNLI Community Safety Manager for the South West, said “We’re expecting more strong winds to hit throughout Friday, bringing with it rough sea conditions.
“Those heading to the coast to take photographs of the conditions should make sure that they don’t get too close.
“Strong winds and heavy rain will make the cliff paths treacherous and extra care should be taken when coastal walking.”
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He added: “We would advise people to stay out of the water.
“The four beaches across the south-west that have a lifeguard service on Friday are likely to be showing the red flag and these conditions will extend to almost all beaches along both north and south coasts.
“We are fortunate that we no longer have the large tides which brought with them all the flooding issues last week, but there will still be large surges associated with the big swell.”
Coastal routes will also be affected by large waves with power losses possible, Porthcawl coast pictured above[/caption]