Met Office issues urgent power cut warning as Britain braces for flooding and gale force winds

Met Office issues urgent power cut warning as Britain braces for SNOW, flooding and gale force winds – after temperatures dropped to -5.5C overnight

  • More than 80 flood alerts have been issued across England following a yellow weather warning
  • Met Office forecasters said power cuts may occur tomorrow morning due to heavy rain and wind
  • Temperatures dropped as low as -5.5C in the UK yesterday and it’s set to snow tonight in parts of Scotland

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Heavy wind and rain could cause power cuts and travel chaos in the UK tomorrow as the Met Office issues a series of yellow weather warnings.

The south-west of England and South Wales will face torrential downpours and strong gusts between 3am and 8am on Wednesday morning, forecasters warned.

More than 80 flood warnings are in place across England tomorrow, while Belfast and other eastern areas in Northern Ireland are affected by a separate rain warning.

The wet weather comes as temperatures plummeted to as low as -5.5C in Altnaharra, Scotland, last night – where up to 7 inches of snow could fall tonight.

Yesterday parts of the South West suffered with flash flooding and vehicles were pictured stranded in water as a result of the heavy rain.

Parts of the UK are set to be battered with heavy rain and strong winds tomorrow morning as the Met Office warns of the poor weather causing power cuts (Huntingdon Race Course in Cambridgeshire flooded today)

Parts of the UK are set to be battered with heavy rain and strong winds tomorrow morning as the Met Office warns of the poor weather causing power cuts (Huntingdon Race Course in Cambridgeshire flooded today)

The flooded high street in Alconbury Weston in Cambridgeshire today after the Alconbury Brook burst its banks following the heavy rain

The flooded high street in Alconbury Weston in Cambridgeshire today after the Alconbury Brook burst its banks following the heavy rain

Northern Ireland also has a yellow weather warning, with up to 25mm of rain set to fall tomorrow morning

Northern Ireland also has a yellow weather warning, with up to 25mm of rain set to fall tomorrow morning

There are currently more than 80 flood alerts active in the UK with heavy rain and strong gusts set to batter the UK tomorrow

There are currently more than 80 flood alerts active in the UK with heavy rain and strong gusts set to batter the UK tomorrow

The Met Office warning reads: ‘Spray and surface water on roads, probably making journey times longer.

‘Bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer. Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely.

‘Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely.

‘Some short-term loss of power and other services is possible, with perhaps a few tree branches down too.

They added: ‘For many this will be fairly normal (if unpleasant) autumn conditions but for a few there could be a short interlude with torrential rain and very gusty winds.’

Pictured: Vehicles left stranded in flood water on the A38 at Notter Bridge, Cornwall yesterday morning as a result of heavy rain

Pictured: Vehicles left stranded in flood water on the A38 at Notter Bridge, Cornwall yesterday morning as a result of heavy rain

There are two yellow weather warnings in place tomorrow, one in the south west of England and south Wales and another in Northern Ireland

There are two yellow weather warnings in place tomorrow, one in the south west of England and south Wales and another in Northern Ireland

Vehicles drive through floodwater on the B3157 coast road at Portesham in Dorset after heavy rain yesterday morning

Vehicles drive through floodwater on the B3157 coast road at Portesham in Dorset after heavy rain yesterday morning 

Rain is expected to move northeast on Wednesday, with blustery showers then entering western and southern areas.

Grahame Madge, a Met Office spokesperson, told the Mirror that more rain is on the way – and it will spread across the country.

He said: ‘By the morning rush hour, the active weather front will move east. It could make for some unpleasant journeys on Wednesday and conditions will remain unsettled on Thursday.

‘There’s better news for Friday but by the weekend the rain and winds are likely to return.’

Various parts of Scotland could also see snowfall this week, according to wxcharts, who predict lighter patches today and heavier snow tomorrow.

Up to 2cm per hour could fall over a large part of eastern Scotland late on Wednesday night.

Alex Burkill, a senior meteorologist at the Met Office, told The Mirror: ‘I think there will be snow over the highest ground of Scotland tonight. We will see it start at 7pm and it will turn heavy from about midnight until 9am.

‘It’s going to be the first substantial amount (this year). There will be more than 20cm of snow. Any of the rain will fall as snow at that height as it’s so cold.’ 

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