UK weather warning: Met Office UPGRADES alert to amber as Storm Ciara to rage THIS WEEKEND

The storm will bring a spell of very strong winds, with gusts of 80mph expected to pummel the south-east. Disruption to travel is likely during Sunday, along with some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs. The Met Office warned: "Injuries and danger to life is likely from large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties."

There is a good chance that power cuts may occur, the weather agency added.

The amber warning is in place from 9am on Sunday until 9pm that evening.

The Met Office said: “Widespread very strong winds will affect the region through much of Sunday. 

“Gusts of 55 to 65 mph are likely widely in inland areas and 70 to 80 mph along the south coast. 

“Heavy rain will accompany the strong winds leading to very poor driving conditions.”

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According to forecasters, there will be "impacts across the whole of the UK" between 6pm on Saturday and midnight on Sunday.

One wind warning spans the entire UK and comes into force at midnight on Sunday until 11.59pm the same day.

Another warning for wind has been upgraded to amber and will impact Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Portsmouth, Southampton, Surrey and West Sussex. 

This is in place from 9am on Sunday until 9pm the same day.

Met Office meteorologist Grahame Madge described the weather front as "Ciara rather rudely barging her way through", taking conditions from "rather benign" to "very unsettled".

He said: "There's the potential for 80mph gusts in exposed locations across parts of the UK."

And he warned of the risks of "coastal flooding, large winds across sea fronts" as well as possible bridge and road closures.

Mr Madge added: "We could also see some impact on networks, both phone and power."

After a calm start to February, conditions will start to change as the weekend approaches, with winds beginning to increase on Friday.

Mr Madge warned "there are some strong winds ahead of Ciara", and said that "through Saturday and Friday we're starting to see these winds strengthen."

But he said they are "not likely to reach their peak until the middle of the warning period", through Sunday.

Storm Ciara is the third named storm of the 2019/20 winter season, and follows Storm Atiyah, which hit on December 8-9, and Storm Brendan, which brought wind and rain to the country on January 13-14.

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