Strong gusts batter parts of UK

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Published: Thursday 13th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Winds speeds of almost 100mph were recorded on the south coast today, forecasters said.

Gusts of 93mph were recorded at Berry Head in Devon between 11am and noon as the far south west was subject to a Met Office amber wind warning.

An area from south-west Scotland through west Wales to the south-west of England remained under a yellow wind warning this evening and more rain is predicted across the United Kingdom tomorrow, with the risk of some localised flooding.

The Environment Agency currently has 17 flood alerts in place for the South West, Wales, South East and Midlands.

At Mumbles Head near Swansea in south Wales, 75mph was recorded, although the Met Office said most places more commonly saw speeds between 50-60mph.

A more serious amber warning for heavy rain is in place for Northern Ireland tonight. The Police Service of Northern Ireland has warned people to avoid roads in Newry and Lisburn because of water.

Wind speeds are expected to be lower tomorrow, the Met Office said, but yellow rain warnings are in place for tomorrow in Northern Ireland, lowland Scotland, west Wales and the whole of southern England.

Northern Ireland could see 30-40mm falling on high ground and 10-20mm could fall in two to three hours in England and Wales tomorrow, a Met Office spokesman said.

He added: “Because we have had a lot of rain we could see some localised flooding.”

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency said it is expecting further heavy rain in Tayside, Angus and Aberdeenshire through tomorrow and into the weekend.

In Dawlish, Devon, coping stones were reportedly knocked loose in a sea wall that was repaired at a cost of £35 million earlier this year after surging seas washed away part of the main line that runs along the coast.

However, a Network Rail spokesman told the Western Morning News that the damage was “the kind of thing we deal with at Dawlish every day”.

Published: Thursday 13th November 2014 by The News Editor

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