BRITS have been warned to expect travel delays and power cuts as Storm Gareth approaches the UK.
The Met Office said Britain will be ravaged by strong winds and heavy rain which will batter the country today and Wednesday.
Yellow warnings for wind are in place across the whole of Wales and all of England except the North East.
There are also yellow warnings for the west of Scotland, while gusts of up to 75mph are predicted to strike Northern Ireland today.
A yellow warning for rain is in force in parts of Lancashire and Cumbria in the North West of England.
The Met Office is warning of a chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris in places where the winds are strongest.
Longer journey times are likely, with road, rail, air and ferry services all at risk from the extreme weather.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: “More wet and very windy weather is heading our way.
“Storm Gareth is arriving on Tuesday and will last until Wednesday, bringing heavy rain and strong winds.”
Although the winds will be at their strongest in Northern Ireland, Deakin predicts gusts of 65mph in the north of England over Tuesday night, with winds reaching 55mph in the south.
“More wet and very windy weather is heading our way”
Alex Deakin, Met Office meteorologist
He went on: “Those kinds of winds cause travel disruptions.
“There may be some interruption to power, bringing down branches and trees with big waves in the sea too.”
Today is expected to start with heavy rain which will spread across the UK this morning, the Met Office said.
There is also a risk of flooding today in Cumbria.
Storm Gareth is the third storm to hit the UK this year, following hot on the heels of Storms Erik and Freya.
The Irish weather service Met Eirann named the latest storm.
On Monday, Daily Star Online reported Storm Gareth could bring a “danger to life” with a deadly combination of gale force winds and torrential rain.
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