Forecasters have issued a tornado alert for parts of Essex with warnings that flying debris could lead to injuries or endanger lives. Coastal communities have been told to prepare for high tides, heavy seas and potentially destructive waves. Officials also warned of possible damage to buildings and the chance of power cuts.
The Met Office has an amber warning for wind in place for much of England and Wales from 8am until 9pm, while an amber warning for rain applies to parts of Scotland.
Yellow weather warnings cover the whole UK with the heaviest rain expected over high ground, where 50-70mm is expected widely with as much as 100mm in a few locations.
Storm Ciara was named by the Met Office on Wednesday and is moving eastwards across the UK and Ireland.
Alex Burkill, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said the wet and windy weather is “the prelude, if you will, to what is Storm Ciara”.
He said the most pressing of the Met Office warnings is the amber wind warning.
He said: “That’s where we’re likely to see significant impacts from the wind. We’re taking some damage to property, flying debris, and that could bring the risk of injury to people, as well as just the usual things such as power outages and disruption to travel.
“It is worth bearing in mind that the strong winds on Sunday are going to be very widespread so it’s across the whole of the UK where we’re going to see very strong winds, so the impact will be widespread.”
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