BBC Weather: Danger to LIFE warning as Storm Freya HURTLES towards Britain at 80mph

Britain is braced for dangerous winds from Storm Freya this weekend, which could bring power cuts, travel disruption and risk of injury from flying debris. The Met Office issued a yellow wind warning for East Midlands, east of England, London and south-east England, north-east England, north-west England, south-west England, south-west Scotland, Lothian Borders, Wales, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber. The severe warning lasts from 3pm on Sunday 3 March until 6am on Monday 4 March. It reads: “Storm Freya will bring very strong winds, with some travel disruption and possible dangerous conditions late Sunday and into Monday. Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible. Some damage to buildings and trees, such as tiles blown from roofs and fallen branches, could happen. Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible.

“Some roads and bridges may close. Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

“Injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.”

BBC weather presenter Nick Miller said: “The record warmth has gone but this weekend still won’t be cold for the time of year, but it will be wet at times and it will get windier as the weekend goes on.

“One area of low pressure for Saturday another rapidly deepening area of low pressure, turning things quite stormy for some of us. It’s been called Storm Freya, heading into the UK as we go on through Sunday so there will be some very strong winds at times this weekend, wet at times but not all the time.

“This is how we start Saturday, what’s left of any early overnight rain will soon be clearing away from easternmost counties of England and then there’s a lot of dry weather around, in fact it will brighten up.

“There will be some sunshine but it will be turning wetter in Northern Ireland then western Scotland, then parts of Wales and western England on through the afternoon, and all of this rain will sweep east as we go into the evening.

“Now with this the winds are going to be strengthening to these average speeds so there will be stronger gusts especially for Northern Ireland, western and northern Scotland, maybe 50mph, 60mph in places as we go on through the later stages of Saturday.

“Temperatures still for many of us above normal for the time of year, could see some wind gusts around the Western Isles, close to 70mph on Saturday night, plenty of heavy showers and could be thundery moving in here.”

The BBC weather host then warned of strengthening winds throughout Sunday. Mr Miller said: “While for may of us the rain clears on through towards southern England, it will stay rather cloudy and damp in places going into Sunday morning.

“So then for part two of the weekend on Sunday the next storm system comes our way, initially with an area of rain pushing its way northwards, although there is some uncertainty about the northern extent of that, and the the winds strengthening as well as that area of low pressure will be deepening.

“It could well be that northern parts of Scotland avoid any wet weather from this, but we are going to see the other part of this weather story, Storm Freya, as it’s named by the Met Office to raise awareness, a potential impact particularly through this warning zone here later on Sunday, the wind will start to strengthen.

“So we are expecting some gusts around the Irish Sea coast and the coast of south-west England to be 60mph, 70mph, maybe 80mph in exposure.

“Then as Storm Freya moves across the UK elsewhere through that warning zone area, parts of England and Wales, some gusts of 50mph to 60mph and some snow on the hills as well for northern England and Scotland before it clears away on Monday.”

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