STORM Bronagh has sparked a “danger to life” weather warning as 65mph gales and four inches of rain are set to wreak havoc until rush hour tomorrow morning.
A yellow weather warning is currently in place with possible flooding and travel chaos expected after Ali yesterday swept through the UK and Ireland yesterday.
A tree blew into a residential building during high winds in Kensington, West London[/caption]
The Met Office says 10cm – almost a month’s worth of rain – could fall in parts of Wales and Cumbria today as Storm Bronagh sweeps in.
And strong winds are expected to buffet the UK from 6pm across parts of Wales and south-west England before spreading further eastwards across England.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: “There is the possibility of damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs or through falling trees and branches, as well as a danger to life.
“The strongest winds are most likely along the north east coast of England in the early hours of the morning.”
A Volvo ploughs through a flooded road in Scunthorpe, North Lincs[/caption]
A cyclist braves the heavy rain in Liverpool as Storm Bronagh sets in[/caption]
Drivers have been warned to take care on the roads as dangerous conditions arrive[/caption]
Heavy rain in Liverpool city centre this afternoon as Storm Bronagh brings more bad weather[/caption]
Workmen clear trees in Marlborough Avenue brought down yesterdays storm which saw winds of up to 100mph in Glasgow[/caption]
Cars travel through heavy rain on the M5 near Worcester[/caption]
Bronagh will continue to batter the nation tonight and tomorrow with the possibility of “severe gales in a few places”.
Forecasters have warned of a “chance of injuries and danger to life” as the winds from the storm – the second named of the year – threaten to cut power and send roof tiles flying.
Drivers have been warned of spray and flooding on the roads, while commuters are being told to expect disruption to train services.
Severe weather is likely to continue into next week thanks to a new weather system moving in from Canada.
Met Office Meterologist Laura Paterson said: “Through Thursday another area of low pressure will develop and approach the UK from the south west, bringing rain and a second spell of strong winds later.”
Highways England’s Head of Road Safety, Richard Leonard, added: “We’re encouraging drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before setting off on journeys.
“If you do intend to travel, then plan your journey and take extra care, allowing more time for your journey.
“In high winds, there’s a particular risk to lorries, caravans and motorbikes so we’d advise drivers of these vehicles to slow down.
“Drivers of other vehicles should be aware of sudden gusts of wind which can affect handling and braking, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, and motorbikes plenty of space.”
A damaged traffic light hanging on by its wires in Glasgow after strong winds swept through the city[/caption]
It comes after Storm Ali crashed into the UK yesterday bringing 102mph winds and leaving more than 170,000 people without power.
And an engineer, aged in his 20s, was then killed by a falling tree in Slieve Gullion Forest Park in Newry, Northern Ireland.
A woman in Cheshire was seriously injured when a tree fell on to her car in the high winds – fire crews eventually freed the woman before she was taken to hospital by air ambulance.
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Planes were also grounded and roads closed as the strong winds swept across the UK and Ireland yesterday with a danger to life warning issued.
Train routes throughout Scotland were suspended after overhead wires were damaged and trees fell on the line – with morning services are expected to be disrupted.
The clean-up is now beginning across Scotland, with trees and debris being removed from roads and engineers working overnight to restore power lines.