'Violent storm 11' winds expected at midday as latest storm hits

'Violent storm force 11' winds expected at midday as latest storm hits

'Violent storm force 11' winds expected at midday as latest storm hits

First published in Devon

The Met Office are warning of 'Violent Storm Force 11' winds today as the latest storm barrels into the South West.

The gales are due to a "vigorous" area of low pressure accompanied by a "swathe of southwesterly gales across many areas which may be severe in places".  Winds will veer more westerly later on Wednesday.

The Met Office says the first peak in the winds is likely over southern and southwest England around the middle of Wednesday.

Winds on Lundy, off the North Devon coast could reach Force 12, hurricane force, with huge waves, driving spray, greatly reducing visibility, severe widespread damage to vegetation and structures and debris and unsecured objects hurled about.

However Cornwall and Devon look to avoid the very worst, with the main swathe of even stronger and potentially damaging winds crossing parts of Wales then northern England later in the day.

The public should be prepared for the the risk of disruption to transport and possibly also power supplies.  In addition, large waves are likely to affect some coasts.

The warning has been updated to as gust speeds have also been increased a little.

The Met Office's chief forecaster said: "Initially, southern and southwestern counties of England are likely to see southerly gales with gusts of 60-70 mph,  perhaps 80 mph on the south coast for a brief period.

"Then parts of western England, Wales and northern England will bear the brunt as the wind veers west to southwesterly this afternoon with gusts of 60-70 mph widely, and gusts of 80-90 mph along some coasts of north and west Wales and perhaps northwest England. Gusts may reach 100 mph across the most exposed parts of NW Wales.

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