BBC Weather: Freak 80mph storm sparks weekend travel alert and driver chaos warning

The UK faces widespread travel disruption  throughout the weekend, amid concerns of torrential rainfall and severe winds sweeping the country. Yellow Met Office warnings  for thunderstorms and gales have already been issued for the majority of the UK. BBC’s weather forecast showed that gusts of nearly 80mph had been reported this morning, as drivers are warned about dangerous road conditions.

There are currently 11 flood alerts  in place in England - including for the west coast of Dorset, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

The Met Office has warned that villages could be cut off this weekend due to the risk of deep flooding. 

BBC’s meteorologist Matt Taylor warned travellers today that the strong winds are likely to bring down many trees and branches, causing road blocks.

He also predicted widespread train and ferry disruption, as well as bridge closures.

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Taylor said: “The wind gusts in the last half an hour have been consistently above 40mph.

"There’s been nearly 80mph in Needles, 70mph in Mumbles, 52mph in Weymouth and Dover.

“The strongest winds will focus on England and Wales coastlines, but even inland winds will reach 50mph, maybe 60mph.

“Winds will bring down trees and branches. There will certainly be a lot of travel disruption.”

The Met Office warns that there could be damage to buildings from floodwater or lightning strikes, as well as power cuts.

Amid the threat of flooding, the Environment Agency (EA) advised people to "stay away from swollen rivers" and not to drive through flood water as "just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car".

They warned that those in the wind weather warning area could see delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport and the potential for trees to be pushed over by the strong gusts.

The severe weather warnings come less than 24 hours after a mass power cut caused chaos across the country, with trains cancelled and traffic lights not working during rush hour.

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