BRITAIN is set to be battered with winds of up to 70mph and torrential rains tomorrow as Storm Francis hits.
It will be the second storm to blast the UK in just one week – after Ellen wreaked havoc this weekend.
#StormFrancis has been named
A deep area of low pressure will bring heavy rain and the risk of severe gales in places during Tuesday and Wednesday
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The Met Office confirmed this morning that Storm Francis had been named, adding that from Monday night there would be gusts of between 60mph and 70mph across parts of the UK.
Downpours of rain are expected to be heaviest in Northern Ireland and south-west Scotland where 60-90mm of rain could fall as the storm moves towards the east.
Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: “The UK is in for another unseasonably wet and windy spell with Storm Francis arriving on Tuesday.
“There will be strong winds and heavy rain, especially in the west of the UK.
“A number of severe weather warnings have been issued and these warnings can be updated regularly so please keep up to date with the latest Met Office forecast.”
Forecasters have issued yellow weather warnings for wind and rain across the UK on Tuesday, threatening possible danger to life in places.
The warnings state: “Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible.
“Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, could happen.
“Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.”
Meanwhile, some “sharp showers” are expected to hit throughout Monday covering most of England and southern Wales.
Thunder is also likely, with the Midlands set to be worst affected.
The strong winds and rain will continue into Wednesday but things will improve as the day progresses.
It comes after Storm Ellen wreaked havoc across the country last week, claiming the lives of two victims.
One man in his 50s died after being pulled from waves off the Cornish coast.
Another 15-year-old girl drowned in a river in Cardiff, leaving her family “devastated.”