A major weather warning has been issued as hurricanes Maria and Lee have gained strength crossing the Atlantic and are now expected to hit the West coast of the UK tonight.
Weather experts are warning citizens to “prepare now before it’s too late” as the “superstorm” looks set to devastate Britain with powerful winds and torrential rainfall.
Parts of the UK have been warned to prepare for flooding as 2 months worth of rainfall is expected on Sunday alone.Government forecasters say the storms pose a “severe threat to human life” with alerts being issued across the country to areas most at risk.
Express reports: Both hurricanes have in the past 24 hours changed track in the Atlantic with the remains of Lee now set to hit Britain tomorrow night.
Northern and western regions are braced for severe-gale force winds and driving rain through the start of the weekend.
Hot on the heels of Lee, the remnants of Hurricane Maria will arrive on Sunday drumming up another bout of disruptive weather.
The main impact from Maria will be heavy rain with up to four inches forecast to fall across much of western Britain.
A Met Office severe weather warning has been issued spanning a slice of the UK from northwest Scotland down through Devon and Cornwall.
Spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said warm air associated with both hurricanes could push temperatures into the low 20Cs this weekend.
She said: “We initially thought Maria and Lee would interact with a third low-pressure system south of Canada, this now is not likely to happen.
“Instead, Lee is moving across the Atlantic and is degenerating; the remains will interact with a front crossing the UK on Friday night.
“We could see strong gale-force gusts hitting the western Isles into Saturday with heavy rain moving eastwards.
“Sunday will see more widespread rain and unsettled conditions as the remains of Maria arrive in the UK.
“Warm air will make it quite humid and we could see temperatures reach 21C (70F) in any sunshine over the weekend.
”Chief forecaster Andy Page said gusts could top 60mph from Saturday night while heavy rain threatens severe flooding.
Severe weather could trigger travel disruption due to waterlogged roads with problems expected on transport networks, he warned.
He said: “Spells of heavy rain are likely to reach western Britain later on Saturday and may become prolonged by the early hours of Sunday.“Many places, particularly high ground will see 25 to 50 mm of rain, but where the rain becomes prolonged as much as 100 mm could fall over upland areas.
“Strong winds are likely at times, with gusts of 50-60 mph possible in some exposed coastal areas.
”Deep floodwater from relentless rainfall poses a “risk to life” while strong winds could topple trees and knock out power supplies,
he added.He said: “There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings and that some communities could become cut off by flooded roads.
“Where flooding occurs there is a slight chance of delays to train and bus services whilst spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.
“There is a small chance of fast flowing water or deep floodwater causing danger to life.“In addition, strong winds may be an additional hazard at times with a slight chance of trees falling, power cuts and loss of other services to homes and businesses.
”AccuWeather meteorologist Tyler Roys said torrential rainfall threatens further disruption into Monday morning.
He said: “Western parts of the United Kingdom will be at highest risk for flooding, especially in low-lying and poor drainage areas.
“Some locations could get more than three inches of rainfall through Monday.”