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United Kingdom braces for 'weather bomb' as Storm Brian moves in

United Kingdom braces for 'weather bomb' as Storm Brian moves in

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning with the high winds expected to batter London and the south east of England throughout Saturday.

Dan Suri, chief forecaster at the Met Office, told the Guardian: "Storm Brian is expected to bring strong winds to southern and western areas early on Saturday morning".

"Those wind speeds can cause impacts to transport and power supplies, and the potential for risky waves also brings risks to coastal routes and communities, as well as the potential for flooding of homes".

Met Eireann has issued a heavy rain warning for tomorrow, with a risk of local flooding.

He says that while the GFS charts show storm Brian's track staying just south of the Midlands, meaning the Midlands could escape the worst of it, but would still see gusts of possibly 100kph, the OPC model however places the Midlands directly in the path the storm, meaning that wind speeds could gust closer to 120kph. It was compared to the storm of 1987 where winds hit 134 miles per hour.

Some transport disruption is likely, and short term loss of power and other services is also possible. At the moment, we don't expect the same level of impacts for the UK.

Spokesman Grahame Madge said: "Dramatic waves could pose a threat to life and there will be quite hazardous conditions along the seafront".

"These are expected to coincide with high tides, leading to locally risky conditions".

The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia killed three and damaged homes in Ireland, Wales and parts of England after unleashing torrential rain and blistering gusts.

"We're going to have discussions with Met Éireann, the company for the Republic of Ireland, and we will made a decision on whether to name the storm".

Brian will move across Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland into Saturday.

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