Monster storm heading to UK with near-record pressure and danger to life

More than 25 flood warnings have been issued for the UK before "monster" Storm Ciaran sweeps in.

Multiple amber and yellow warnings are in place until Friday for strong winds and heavy rain. And the Met Office warns the storm could bring a "danger to life".

The storm is expected to arrive in southwestern parts of England and Wales in the early hours of Thursday, before moving to the far south and southeast of England later in the day. Conditions are forecast to be unsettled in many parts of the UK on Wednesday even before the storm makes landfall.

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According to The Mirror, International forecasters have said Storm Ciarán is being pushed towards Britain by a "wicked" and intensely powerful jet stream in the Atlantic.

Jeff Beradelli, a US climate specialist who used to work for CBS News, said on X (formerly Twitter): "A monster 950mb storm Ciaran is heading for Europe with 'landfall' near the English Channel Wed-Thu. 950mb would be a near record low pressure for region (equiv cat 3 hurr pres). 80mph coast gusts /35 ft+ waves. The storm is powered by a buckling, wicked 200 mb jet stream aloft.”

Forecaster also advises the latest rain could lead to disruption to roads and public transport while already flood-affected areas from Storm Babet could get worse.

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Marco Petagna, a Met Office meteorologist, said: “We’ve had various warnings in force across the UK over the last few days, and there are plenty more being issued for the next couple of days. The main focus in the next day or two is towards the east of Scotland and north-east England, where there is a yellow rain warning until 3am.

“There will be persistent rain up there, and then the focus for heavy showers will be across parts of southern and southeastern England and south Wales. There are possible gusts of 80 to 90 miles an hour in some exposed southern areas. It’s probably quite a nasty storm this one.

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Strong north-westerly winds could also disrupt travel and cause structural damage to buildings while flying debris could bring a danger to life, the Met Office said. Roads, bridges and railway lines may also close while trains and planes are at risk of delays.

There is also the potential for large waves and beach material to be thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.

Kate Marks, of the Environment Agency, said: “We urge people to stay safe on the coast and to remember to take extreme care on coastal paths and promenades. Flooding of low-lying coastal roads is also possible and people must avoid driving through floodwater, as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car.”

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