Met Office issues rare amber warning as 8-hour storm to batter UK’s west coast

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for the southwestern areas of both England and Wales on Saturday causing injuries or danger to life. Storm Antoni is likely to bring damaging gusts of wind and the large waves could cause “danger to life”. 

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The weather alert in place will last between 11am and 7pm on Saturday. 

The warning suggested: “Flying debris is possible and could lead to Injuries or danger to life. “Probably some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs

“Longer journey times and cancellations likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected. Some roads and bridges likely to close. There is a good chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.”


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Met Office Chief Meteorologist Steve Willington said: “Storm Antoni will bring some potentially disruptive weather on Saturday as it moves from west to east.

“Northern Ireland is likely to see some of the highest rainfall totals, with 40-60mm falling in some spots, but 20-30mm more widely. Away from the warning area many will still see a very wet day, especially in north Wales and north England.

“Storm Antoni will also bring strong winds to a swathe of Wales, southwest England and southern coastal areas of England.

“The strongest winds will affect parts southwest England and southwest Wales where exposed coasts and high ground could see gusts in excess of 60mph. In these areas, gusts inland could reach 50-55mph for a time.

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“These windy conditions will likely coincide with high tides which will present an additional challenge for coastal areas.

“Busy travel networks at this time of year and the possibility of people having made plans to be outside have resulted in the system meeting our criteria for naming, with a strong chance of disruption for those within the warning areas.”

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