Storm force gales threaten travel disruption and power cuts

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Storm force winds are set to batter Britain this weekend with gusts of up to 70mph threatening travel disruption and power cuts.

There are warnings of large waves in coastal areas as the first storm of the season, named Atiyah by the Irish weather service, makes landfall and moves across the country late on Sunday going into Monday.

A yellow severe weather alert has been issued for the west coast of Wales and the South West.

Forecasters say gales are likely to cause transport delays and run the risk of damage to some buildings.

The warning is from 3pm on Sunday and currently runs through to 9am on Monday.

Inland, winds are expected to reach 50-60mph and 70mph around the coast with large coastal waves expected.

Storm Atiyah will bring strong winds from Sunday night
Image: Storm Atiyah will bring strong winds from Sunday night

Western parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland are are also forecast to be hit with gusts of up to 57mph overnight.

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Forecasters say the low pressure is expected to move to the east coast of northern England and Scotland in the early hours of Monday morning with gusts up to 55mph.

Deputy chief meteorologist Tony Wardle said: “The UK is in for an unsettled period of weather with some very strong winds, especially along the west coast.

“Gusts of 50-60mph are expected quite widely inland, with up to 70mph gusts around some coastal locations.

“As well as strong winds there will be large coastal waves in the South West, so bear this in mind before heading out in these regions.

“Monday will be a much-improved day with brighter and drier conditions moving in from the west before another period of wet and windy weather on Tuesday.”

UK weather: Storm Atiyah threatens travel disruption and power cuts

Storm force winds are set to batter Britain this weekend with gusts of up to 70mph threatening travel disruption and power cuts. There are warnings of large waves in coastal areas as the first storm of the season, named Atiyah by the Irish weather service, makes landfall and moves across the country late on Sunday going into Monday.

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