Storm Diana to smash into UK in hours – here’s how you’re affected by the bad weather

STORM Diana is set to smash into the UK in hours with the bad weather forecast to bring 70mph winds and floods.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for part of the country as Brits brace for transport delays and power cuts.

A woman battles with her umbrella in Southport, Lancashire as the country braces itself for Storm Diana
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Warnings are in place from 3am on Wednesday until 3pm on Thursday with as much as two inches of rain brought in on the winds.

It will be a very windy day for all with gales or severe gales, especially in the north and west, according to forecasters.

The Met Office say rain is likely for most places, with the heaviest showers over Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Diana is expected to make landfall in just hours along the west coast of Britain from Cornwall to the Shetland Islands.

It’s been a cold, wet and windy start to the week with further heavy rain and strong winds forecast
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Waves crash on the seafront near to the South Parade pier in Southsea, Hampshire, as the UK braces itself for a blast of gales and heavy rain ahead of Storm Diana
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A man sells umbrellas as shoppers in Manchester were caught in the rain this afternoon
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People take shelter from the rain in Belfast as heavy rain falls across Northern Ireland
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Thick fog has already grounded hundreds of flights at Britain’s busiest airport.

As many as 62 flights to or from London Heathrow were disrupted by noon today — with a further 380 delayed by more than 15 minutes.

Storm Diana, named by the IMPA Portuguese weather service, is currently threatening the Azores and will be the fourth major storm system to hit the UK this autumn.
A huge region of low pressure from two Atlantic storms is set to drag a huge mound of water into Britain’s coast, set to sweep over sea defences.

Richard Miles, a spokesman for the Met Office, told The Sun Online: “The weather from Storm Diana will affect us tomorrow and overnight as there will be strong winds and rain.

“We can expect gusts of 60mph and in the most exposed westerly places along the western coast from Cornwall to the Shetland Islands could see gusts of up to 70mph.

“The rain warning applies to Scotland and the eastern central Scotland, where up to 50mm is expected to fall in localised areas.”

The UK is set for extreme weather with Storm Diana forecast to bring heavy rain and strong winds
The storm is set to bring heavy downpours and gale force winds
It will be a very windy day for all with gales or severe gales, especially in the north and west, forecasters have warned

He added: “The rain warning is not as widely distributed as the wind warning. The wind is the major thing to look out for.

“Across the UK will get heavy and persistent rain but not as much as Scotland.

“We can expect 20mm to 40mm to fall elsewhere across the country.”

The Met Office’s Mr Miles said: “People will need to be careful on coastal roads, which will be affected by spray and large waves.

“People will need to exercise care around those areas.”

And the Environment Agency has released flood alerts for parts of South East England, particularly from Putney Bridge to Teddington Weir.

Meanwhile, bookies have slashed the odds on a White Christmas blowing in.

Bookmakers Coral cut white Christmas odds to 7/4 in Aberdeen and 2/1 in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

A spokesman said: “Bookies are in a shiver about the festive freeze.”

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