England and Wales will be hit by a “significant storm” on Sunday night with winds of up to 80mph in some areas, the Met Office has warned.
Forecasters say the storm is expected to bring “exceptionally strong winds” to parts of the UK when it strikes late on Sunday night.
There were hopes the huge storm brewing over the Atlantic Ocean would miss the UK, and sweep instead through the English Channel.
But meteorologists are now certain it will strike the south west of England and could leave a trail of destruction as it gusts north-east across the country, causing structural damage, and bringing down trees and power lines.
The Met Office said winds of between 60mph and 80mph are expected across the southern half of the UK.
In exposed coastal areas the winds may reach speeds in excess of 80mph.
According to Sky News, Frank Saunders, Chief Forecaster at the Met Office, said: “We are confident that a severe storm will affect Britain on Sunday night and Monday.
“We are now looking at refining the details about which areas will see the strongest winds and the heaviest rain.
“This is a developing situation and we’d advise people to stay up to date with our forecasts and warnings over the weekend, and be prepared to change their plans if necessary.
“We’ll continue to work closely with authorities and emergency services to ensure they are aware of the expected conditions.”
Roads may also be hit by flash flooding, bringing rush hour traffic on Monday morning to a halt, and homes could be flooded.
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