Storm latest: severe wind and rain warnings issued
8:40am Sunday 27th October 2013 in News
Pembrokeshire is among the areas covered by an amber wind warning overnight between Sunday and Monday - with potential gusts of around 80mph.
The warning - including a yellow warning for rainfall on Sunday - is part of a major storm heading towards the western coast of the UK.
Heavy rainfall and strong winds have already been recorded around Pembrokeshire.
The Met Office says there is the potential for widespread severe disruption through falling trees, structural damage, transport disruption or power cuts and possibly flooding.
Stena Line has already cancelled the 2.30pm Sunday sailing from Fishguard to Rosslare.
Frank Saunders, Chief Forecaster at the Met Office, said: "We are confident that a severe storm will affect Britain on Sunday night and Monday. We are now looking at refining the details about which areas will see the strongest winds and the heaviest rain.
"This is a developing situation and we'd advise people to stay up to date with our forecasts and warnings over the weekend, and be prepared to change their plans if necessary. We'll continue to work closely with authorities and emergency services to ensure they are aware of the expected conditions."
Martin Hobbs the head of Asset Resilience at the Highways Agency: "We are working closely with the Met Office to monitor conditions ahead of the weather being forecast over the weekend. Drivers, especially those considering a trip with a caravan this weekend, are encouraged to think carefully before setting off as driving conditions are expected to be difficult on Sunday evening and Monday. If you do have to make a journey by road, be prepared, plan your journey in advance and check the latest weather conditions along your route.
"Be aware of sudden gusts of wind, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and bicycles plenty of space. In the event of persistent high winds we may need to close certain bridges to traffic for a period, so please be alert for warnings of closures and follow signposted diversion routes."
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