Storm Brian set to batter the UK

Storm Brian UK to be hit by weather bomb on Friday

People are being warned not to risk their safety by posing for "storm selfies" as a "weather bomb" is set to bring heavy wind and rain to Norfolk and Waveney - with gusts of up to 60mph expected to hit parts of southern Britain.

Forecasters say flooding and power cuts are possible as the storm batters the country.

Wide parts of the country could see between 15mm and 25mm of rainfall, with deluges of up to 60mm in isolated areas.

Chief Forecaster Dan Suri said: 'Storm Brian is expected to bring strong south or southwesterly winds to much of Wales and southern and western England from early Saturday.

Also known as explosive cyclogenesis, the weather bomb creates a jet stream of strong winds high up in the atmosphere which interact with the low pressure system.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for high winds in Wales, the South West and the South on Saturday.


However, the worst of the storm is due to reach our shores early tomorrow morning, when a status orange wind warning comes into effect for western and southern coastal counties.

Now no flood alerts or flood warnings have been issued for the Anglian region by the Environment Agency (EA), but EA national flood duty manager, Alison Baptiste, said: "We urge people to stay safe along the coast". The gusts could bring more power cuts after Ophelia left 50,000 people in the United Kingdom and 170,000 in Ireland without power, and could also cause flooding and large waves.

National Rail warned the stormy weather could impact on train services, with emergency speed restrictions imposed on most of the routes in Wales.

The RAC is warning drivers to be extra cautious when driving on exposed roads, high ground, and across bridges.

The Energy Networks Association, representing the UK's energy infrastructure, also reminded residents to call the free 105 advice telephone number in case of damage to local networks and power supplies.

Storm Brian, the second named storm of the season, could also cause flooding.

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