Britain braces for strong winds as Storm Atiyah due to hit

epa06413587 Tourists and members of the public shield themselves from wind and rain as they cross Westminster Bridge in central London, Britain, 02 January 2018. Britain is expected to be hit in the coming 24 hours by 'Storm Eleanor' which is due to have strong winds of 80mph or 128kph and rain. EPA-EFE/WILL OLIVER

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Britain is bracing itself as Storm Atiyah is set to hit this weekend with powerful gales forecast and the Met Office issuing weather warnings.

Severe winds of up to 70-80mph are due to hit the UK, with western England and Wales due to take the brunt.

The Met Office has issued yellow “danger to life” weather warnings which are in place for western England and Wales for 18 hours from Sunday 3pm through to 9am on Monday.

Storm Atiya is the first named storm of the season and follows a month of heavy rain and flooding across the UK in November.

It was named by forecasters in Ireland as they are expected to receive the brunt of it and they could expect gales of 80mph.

Via The Independent

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