Oct 27, 2013 2:06 PM
A major Atlantic storm is set to move across the UK over the next 24 hours, bringing some heavy rain and very strong winds to parts of England and Wales.
The storm is set to deepen rapidly just to the south west of the UK late today, before moving into western areas in the very early hours of Monday morning.
It's then expected to track rapidly across the country, moving off into the North Sea by late morning - by which time the strongest winds will have passed.
Gusts of 60-70mph are expected in southern parts of England and Wales, with gusts of 80mph or more in places - particularly around southern and south western coasts.
Heavy rain will accompany the storm, with a chance of some localised surface water flooding.
The Met Office has issued Severe weather warnings for potential disruption from both the strong winds and the rainfall.
Martin Young, Chief Forecaster at the Met Office, said: "While this is a major storm for the UK, we don't currently expect winds to be as strong as those seen in the 'Great Storm' of 1987 or the 'Burns Day storm' of 1990.
"This weather system is typical of what we expect to see in winter but as it's coming in during autumn - when trees are in leaf - and while the ground is fairly saturated, it does pose some risks. We could see some uprooted trees or other damage from the winds and there's a chance of some surface water flooding from the rainfall - all of which could lead to some disruption."
People are advised to take precautions ahead of the storm and that travel conditions may be difficult during tomorrow morning. Delaying journeys to avoid the worst of the winds should be considered.
The Met Office will continue to work with partners across the UK to help minimise disruption.
A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: "Environment Agency teams are out working to minimise river flood risk, clearing debris from streams and unblocking culverts. We will continue to closely monitor the situation ready to issue flood warnings if needed. We are supporting local authorities who will respond to any reports of surface water flooding."
"Seafronts, quaysides, jetties should be avoided due to the risk of overtopping by waves and wind blown shingle. People are advised to sign up to receive free flood warnings from the Environment Agency website, check UK forecast on the Met Office website and be prepared to change travel plans."