Weekend washout as heavy rain and 80mph winds batter UK

Winds of up to 80mph and torrential rain are currently battering parts of Britain amid Met Office warnings of a danger to life.

Trees and scaffolding have been blown over, leaving cars damaged and transport disrupted.

The miserable conditions have reportedly been sparked by the aftermath of Hurricane Pablo.

Gusts as strong as 60mph have hit mainland areas of southern England, while coastal areas have faced 80mph gales.

Plymouth in Devon has been hit by 83mph winds and lanes have been closed as a precaution on the Tamar Bridge that connects the city to Cornwall.

With the rain showing no sign of easing up, the Environment Agency has more than 30 flood alerts in place for Devon and Cornwall.

The Met Office has also issued a yellow weather warning for the next two days, covering many parts of the UK.

In Devon, Cornwall and Dorset there have been widespread reports of power cuts and trees brought down by the vicious winds.

More than 3,700 properties have been left without electricity in Cornwall and north Devon this morning, reports Cornwall Live.

Cornwall and Devon Police are warning motorists to watch out for debris on the roads.

The wet weather has caused subsidence on the railway line between Newquay and Par, which will remain closed until Tuesday.

Massive waves have been hitting coastal locations such as Sennen Cove.

With the stormy conditions, coastguards warned selfie takers to stay away from the proms and breakwaters.

One Cornish coastguard said: ‘It’s not worth risking your life to get a selfie to show your family and friends how brave you are – it could be the last photo you ever take.’

The miserable conditions could also see hundreds of planned fireworks events across the country cancelled.

Train services in Dorset were hit with a 50mph speed limit as reports of trees and other debris across the tracks were being investigated.

The line through the New Forest was also badly affected with ‘numerous’ trees fallen across the rails.

People were warned to stay clear of the sea on Bournemouth beach as huge waves were whipped up by the gusting winds.

The Sandbanks chain ferry which runs between Poole and Studland, which only reopened three days ago, was suspended today because of dangerous conditions where Bournemouth Bay meets the entrance to Poole Harbour.

Elsewhere in Dorset, trees were reported to have crashed down at Sandbanks, Holbourne Lane, Bournemouth, Wimborne, Highcliffe, Hurn, Dorchester and Winterbourne Abbas.

A South West Railways spokesman that train cancellations and delays could be expected because of numerous trees down across tracks between Brockenhurst in the New Forest and Weymouth.

Met Office warnings are in place for wind and rain in southwest England and Wales up until 6pm today and heavy rain until midday in north-east Scotland.

Up to 40mm of rainfall could fall on Saturday in north-east Scotland and around 60 to 80mm on higher ground.

In the south west and south wales, up to 40mm of rain is expected in mainland areas and between 60 to 80mm on moorland.

Southern Scotland, northern parts of England and Northern Ireland are set to avoid the strong winds.

Luke Miall, a Met Office meteorologist, said low pressure over the UK which is getting ‘still developing and getting stronger’ has sparked the stormy weather.

He said the wind should begin to ease this evening and overnight as the low pressure moves into the North Sea.

Tomorrow, the Met Office said the persistent rain will continue in Scotland but the winds will die down in England and Wales which face a mixed spell of showers and sunshine.

Mr Miall said central and southern areas will enjoy a ‘much better day with more sunshine’ on Sunday.

And he has predicted that the current storms will have passed in time for Bonfire Night on Tuesday when hundreds of thousands of events will be held across the country.

He said: ‘The UK is set for a quieter spell of weather.

‘For actual bonfire night it is looking a lot better.

‘Probably a bit colder with the risk of some frost and the chance of some fog but much much drier and not much impact from winds.’

Wet weather could disrupt events held later in the evening on Sunday in south west England.

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