BBC Weather: Life-threatening Storm Freya to bring FLYING debris and HUGE waves

Britain is braced for Storm Freya to strike this afternoon, bringing 80mph winds and heavy rain. The Met Office issued a “danger to life” warning, dye to flying debris and large waves in parts of the UK. The yellow warning is in place from 3pm this afternoon until 6am tomorrow morning for East Midlands, east of England, London and south-east England, north-east England, north-west England, south-west England, Wales, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber. The warning 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 Darren Bett said: “We have already seen some rain across many parts of the UK but the winds are really going to pick up this afternoon across England and Wales, all because of Storm Freya.

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BBC weather: Storm Freya is set to bring winds of up to 80mph to the UK (Image: BBC Weather/WX CHARTS)

We have got 60mph or 70mph on the map, could reach as high as 80mph

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“Now hidden underneath all that cloud is a deepening area of low pressure, the winds continuing to strengthen and rain is moving northwards. We have seen some of the strongest winds across the northern half of Scotland, although those are easing down a bit, the showers becoming fewer, and a bit more sunshine.

“But the rain is quite heavy at times and it is pushing its way northwards up towards the borders and into parts of Northern Ireland.

“Behind it we may see thing drying off touch later in Wales and the south-west of England, and those temperatures 12C, maybe 13C. By this stage the winds will not be as strong across northern Scotland, although the lightest of the winds are likely to be in Northern Ireland, the strongest of the winds are south-west England and south Wales.

“That is when we start to see the impacts coming in from Storm Freya. The track of the storm, that deep area of low pressure, hasn’t changed very much, the essentials of the forecast haven’t changed an awful lot.

“So through the afternoon and into the evening and the main core of the winds are going to be across south-west England and Wales. We have got 60mph or 70mph on the map, could reach as high as 80mph.”

Winds will then ease overnight but there will be some heavy rain, with Storm Freya pushing away on Monday.

The BBC weather host continued: “The winds die down a bit here overnight, the strongest of the winds then push up through the Midlands into northern England, combined with some heavy rain and maybe a bit of snow over the very tops of the Pennines and the Southern Uplands.

“Also overnight we have got some rain which could be pretty heavy here across southern parts of England, some clearer skies developing elsewhere as the winds tend to ease down a bit, and those temperatures drop to 3C or 4C.

“Now the warning from the Met Office runs from 3pm to 6am tomorrow morning, and there is likely to be some travel disruption, there might be some damage as well, and it is still going to be windy in the north-east of England in particular.

“But not for long, the storm pushes away into the North Sea, we get some sunshine following on behind, a few blustery showers coming into the western side of the UK, taking all day to reach eastern areas.

“So not too bad a day here, well those temperatures are back own to 8C to 10C, so that is near normal for this time of the year, and those temperatures are likely to stay at those figures over the week ahead.

“For Monday and Tuesday we have got sunshine and showers, for the middle part of the week though another area of low pressure, that is going to bring some heavy rain and strong winds.”

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