UK weather warnings: Storm Sebastien gathers strength as it MERGES with another storm

Ex-tropical Storm Sebastien reduced somewhat in remains a major storm, with winds up to 60mph (995kmph) and is currently merging with another area of low pressure before it hits the British Isles. Warnings of rain and flooding have been issued, with the warning of a “danger to life”.

According to Meteo France, a “complex” area of low pressure is moving east, and will merge with ex-Sebastien on Monday.

The National Hurricane Centre, which was monitoring the storm this weekend before Meteo France took over, reported “life-threatening surf and rip current conditions” as a result of the storm.

The NHC said: “Post-tropical cyclone Sebastien should maintain its intensity before merging with another low during the next day or two.”

Ahead of the storm’s arrival, the Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for rain and flooding.

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“Heavy showers then follow, these probably heaviest and most numerous on and near coastal areas, especially in Wales and southwest England. Conditions also quite windy at times, especially in coastal areas where gales are likely.”

The region could see up to 1.5 inches (40mm) of rain in parts.

The second warning covers parts of the already flood-stricken East Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber and is in place between 6am on Wednesday and 6am on Thursday.

The Met Office warns that, while the flood threat is serious, there is also a “small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life”.

Doncaster Council said more than 900 homes and businesses in the town were affected by the rain earlier this month.

One woman died when she was swept away by floodwaters in Derbyshire.

There are four flood warnings are currently in place in the South West and North East of England, meaning flooding is expected and immediate action is required.

There are also about 49 flood alerts, meaning people should be prepared.

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