Storm warning upgraded to ‘Amber’ by Met Office

Storm warning.
Storm warning.

A Met Office weather warning for severe wind and rain on Monday has been upgraded to an ‘Amber’ alert.

The weather service issued a yellow warning yesterday (Thursday) covering the whole of Monday.

But they upgraded the alert this morning, amid fears the winds could cause structural damage.

The Amber warning covers large swathes of the southern half of the UK, including Lincolnshire.

The Met Office will also be issuing an updated warning tomorrow.

The Met Office’s Chief Forecaster said: “A developing storm is expected to reach the UK later on Sunday.

“This is expected to run northeastwards, probably across England and Wales, with very strong winds on its southern and western flanks.

“There is the potential for gusts of 60-80 mph quite widely and locally over 80 mph, especially on exposed coasts, both in southwesterly winds ahead of the low centre and west to northwesterly winds behind it.

“The very intense low pressure system is forecast to run northeastwards across the country early on Monday, bringing the potential for an exceptionally windy spell of weather for southern parts of the UK.

“At the same time, persistent, heavy rain could cause some surface water flooding.

“There is some continuing uncertainty in the timing, intensity and track of the low.

“However, the public should be prepared for the risk of falling trees as well as damage to buildings and other structures, bringing disruption to transport and power supplies,” they added.