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Storm Francis upgraded to ‘danger to life’ amber alert

by LLB Reporter
25th Aug 20 12:08 pm

The Met Office has upgraded Storm Francis to an amber alert meaning there is potential “danger to life” as they warn of high winds reaching 70mph.

Storm Francis has hit parts of the UK overnight and Wales which has seen flash flooding and campers requiring rescue.

The Met Office issued an amber alert for high winds affecting parts of the Midlands, Wales, south-east and south-west of England.

The Met Office warning is in place from 2pm until 10pm on Tuesday, and reads, “A spell of very strong winds will develop across much of Wales and a large swathe of central England during Tuesday before easing from the west during Tuesday evening.

“Gusts are likely to widely reach 50-55 mph inland with some sites seeing 60-65 mph.

“Exposed coastal locations in the west and some higher ground inland may see gusts to 70 mph at times.”

The Met Office have warned of flooding and disruptions to road and rail networks, with possible power cuts and disruption to power services.

Also the Met Office have warned that England and Wales are under a yellow wind warning until 9am on Wednesday.

The Met Office warning reads, “A spell of very strong winds is likely to develop across the southwest of England and Wales later on Tuesday morning, before spreading east across other parts of England and Wales during the afternoon and evening, clearing into the North Sea on Wednesday morning.

“Gusts are likely to reach 55-60 mph for quite a few places, with exposed coasts and hills seeing gusts of around 70 mph.

“Whilst not exceptional, winds this strong are unusual for August and they will be accompanied by some heavy rain in places, with possible transport disruption and impacts on outdoor activities.”

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