Hurricane-force winds to hit Cornwall in worst storm for decades
Hurricane-force winds are on their way to Cornwall in the worst storm for decades.
The worst storm since the 1987 disaster is expected in the early hours of Monday and could cause falling trees, damage to buildings and disrupt power and transport.
The Met Office said gusts of more than 80mph are expected and issued an alert warning the public to be prepared to take action.
Any gusts of wind at speeds of more than 74mph are classed as hurricane-force.
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The storm currently being cooked up over the Atlantic is also expected to bring up to 40mm of rain in a few hours.
The Weather Channel has christened the weather event the 'Saint Jude Day Storm' after the patron saint of desperation and lost causes.
A spokesman for the weather channel said this morning gusts of 70 to 90mph looked a high risk with structural damage possible.
The spokesman said: “Since the ground is near saturated in these western areas there will be a risk of local flooding.”
Wet and windy weather is forecast throughout the weekend but the situation is expected to worsen dramatically on Sunday evening, just in time for the start of the half-term holidays.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the public to be aware of heavy rain on Sunday evening.
The warning levels increase on Monday with an amber alert - to be prepared for action.
The Met Office said: "The public should be prepared for the risk of falling trees as well as damage to buildings and other structures, bringing disruption to transport and power supplies."
Normally Atlantic storms of this type develop much further to the west of the UK and are waning in strength by the time they reach the UK and Ireland.
Forecasters said this storm was more unusual, developing much closer to the UK and potentially tracking across the country while still in its most powerful phase.
Dan Williams, senior press officer at the Met Office, said: "All the ingredients are there. We've got a really strong jet stream and warm air and the combination could create a deep, vigorous low pressure to the west of the UK.”