UK weather forecast: Fears of death as Storm Ciara begins to savage Britain

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MET OFFICE has released a yellow warning for this Saturday, as Storm Ciara brings chaos to the northern part of the country, with 80 mph winds.

Source: UK weather forecast: Fears of death as Storm Ciara begins to savage Britain

The Met Office has advised that caution should be taken if planning on traveling by car, including to avoid flooded roads by turning around.

They said: “The number one cause of death during flooding is driving through flood water, so the safest advice is turn around, don’t drown.”

“Although the water may seem shallow, just 12 inches (30cm) of moving water can float your car, potentially taking it to deeper water from which you may need rescuing. “

It is expected that there will be much longer journey times and cancellations with some roads and bridges closed.

The Met Office added: “Injuries and danger to life is likely from large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts, and properties.”

It is a good idea to keep an eye on flight times if you are travelling abroad, as the weather could make it difficult for planes to take off.

The worst effects of Storm Ciara are expected to be Sunday as the wind picks up a pace of 80mph and batters the south coast.

Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders, said: “Storm Ciara will bring damaging winds and heavy rain across the UK this weekend and we have issued a range of severe weather warnings giving people time to prepare for potential impacts of the storm.

“Winds will increase through Saturday across Northern Ireland, Scotland, northern England and Wales, before turning very windy across the rest of the UK through the early hours of Sunday morning.

“Gusts of 50 to 60mph are expected quite widely across inland areas, with even stronger gusts of 80mph or higher along coastal areas, especially in southeast England and northern Scotland.”

Storm Ciara is the third storm to be named by the Met Office of the 2019/20 season, and it looks to bring unsettled weather for the next four days followed by a sharp cold snap.

Concerns of a blizzard have been issued by the Met Office who said they expect: “Frequent and heavy snow showers will affect the region throughout Monday and Tuesday.”

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