Britain to be smashed by 87mph winds as European storm heads to UK

Brits brace for strong winds reaching up to 87mph (140kmph) as the European storm hits the UK after France.

The first week of October will see the UK smashed by gales and rain, with warnings of potential flooding in some parts.

A yellow weather warning has been issued by the Met Office for this Friday as autumn gains momentum.

This comes as Storm Alex – named by Meteo France – is set to intensify on Thursday evening.

According to forecasters, the storm will hit the north-west of the country during the night.

Storm Alex is set to bring winds of up to 140kmph on the coast, reports Express.

Earlier this week, there were several reports of Storm Aiden being set to descend upon the country.

However, these two storms are understood to be different.

According to the Met Office, several groups of countries in Europe name storms to raise awareness of the impacts of severe weather.

When another country names a storm, the UK will use the same name.

Although Storm Alex is not set to hit the country until Friday, the wet and windy weather has already begun for many parts.

Earlier this evening, it was reported a band of heavy rain was moving east with heavy bursts at times.

The Met Office predicted up to 40 to 50mm of rain could fall over the course of 12 to 18 hours.

They said: "Rain and showers overnight Thursday into Friday will turn heavier and more persistent during Friday morning, along with a strengthening east to north easterly wind.

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“Some places could receive 40 to 50mm over the course of 12 to 18 hours, most likely in the south of this region, combined with gusts of 45 to 55 mph inland during Friday morning rush hour.

“Some coastal regions exposed to the south-east could experience gusts of 60 to 65mph.

“The combination of wind and rain, combined with trees losing they leaves, increases the risk of flooding due to blocked drains and watercourses.

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“The wind and rain will ease from the south later on Friday, as the weather system responsible starts to move away.”

Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said: “The Atlantic jetstream will really power up and could generate very wet and windy weather later in the week.

“Computer models show potential for deep areas of low pressure.”

He added: “The period until October 9 will be generally windy, with a risk of gales, potentially severe, particularly in the North.

“The heaviest and most prolonged spells of rain will begin in the North and West, but are likely to become more widespread across the UK.

“It will feel cold through early October and frost is possible at night.

“Mid-October has a potential to change to dry spells, with rain and strong winds at times.”

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