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Met Office warns of ‘danger to life’ as Storm Antoni hits parts of the UK and the RAC issues guidance to drivers

by LLB staff reporter
5th Aug 23 11:42 am

The Met Office has warned of “danger to life” as Storm Antoni has struck parts of the UK which has bought heavy rain and strong winds.

There are warnings for falling trees as the Met Office has upgraded Storm Antoni to amber for winds which bring the possibility of flying debris.

Met Office meteorologist Tom Morgan warned that wind speeds of 60 will be seen inland and on the coast up to 70mph.

He said: “Storm Antoni is now tracking east into the Irish Sea and will continue to move east across England and Wales.

“With it being the holiday season and it being a Saturday there will be plenty of local events going on, (Storm Antoni) wouldn’t necessarily bring the same level of impact if it was in the winter.

“For August this is very unusual.

“Effectively the trees are in full leaf so are more susceptible to strong winds.

“Building structures, trees and temporary structures such as marquees may not well be too adequate.

“Beach debris could be thrown from waves onto coastal roads, there’s a risk of dangerous tides, riptides and power cuts.

“Most travel disruption will be from (fallen) trees and branches.”

The RAC’s Rod Dennis warned: “We expect Saturday to be the worst day on the roads of the summer so far, especially for anyone in the south-west of England – and that’s a lot of people as our research shows it’s the most popular part of the country for leisure trips by car this year.

“Conditions will be atrocious with a wholly unpleasant mix of very strong winds and locally intense rainfall. The best advice is to slow down significantly to stay safe and avoid exposed moorland and coastal routes until the storm passes.

“Drivers towing caravans and trailers need to be particularly careful in these conditions and those with boxes and bikes on the roof should double-check they’re secured properly.

“Drivers should also watch out for fallen trees and be prepared for the disruption they cause.”

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