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UK weather: Met Office releases warning for 80mph gales, ice and rain across the country with fears of power cuts | The Sun

BRITS are bracing for power cuts as strong gales, heavy rain and ice are set to engulf the UK today.

The Met Office has issued three separate yellow weather warnings, all covering different parts of the country, with stormy weather forecast to batter the country and flooding possible.


The first warning is for strong wind and covers much of Devon and Cornwall, as well as the southern coast of Wales from 6am to 6pm today.

The region could see power cuts as gales of up to 80mph sweep across the South West, while the Met is also warning of travel delays and possible injury from debris swept up by the powerful gusts.

At the opposite end of the UK, eastern Scotland is mostly covered by a yellow warning for ice, which was in place throughout the night and lasts into this morning.

Locals are advised to take care to avoid injuries from slipping and falling, while the possibility of ice on roads should make drivers wary.

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The third warning, this one for rain, covers the southern half of Northern Ireland all day, lasting until midnight.

Residents of the area are warned that flooding may lead to severe delays, road closures and some communities being cut off.

Power cuts are also possible here as homes and businesses face flooding.

Additionally, 14 flood alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency in various parts of the country.

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The dangerously unsettled weather is being caused by an area of low pressure coming in from the South West, pushing a band of heavy rainfall ahead of it.

While some parts of the country could see temperatures of 12C, strong winds may make these areas feel colder than forecast.

The rest of the country is predicted to be chilly, with the mercury falling under 10C in most regions.

The far North of England and most of Scotland are set to remain drier and brighter, with most of the deluge set to drown western parts of England and Wales.

Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Dan Harris said: "There’s high confidence in the overall idea of low-pressure being the driving force for our weather through the early part of next week.

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"This will bring periods of rain, along with strong winds for some, but there is currently a higher than usual level of uncertainty in the finer details.

"The implication for the forecast is that it’s not yet possible to identify exactly where the heaviest rain will be."



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