UK weather warning: Storm Franklin to wreak mayhem within HOURS – Met Office alert issued

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The UK is gritting its teeth for five more days of violent gales, torrential rain and snow as another major storm blasts in at midnight tonight.

The Met Office has within the last hour named the system Franklin, due to follow hot on the heels of killer Storm Eunice which unleashed chaos on Friday.

Another deep-low will roar in on Thursday after a week of disruptive and damaging winds and rain, experts warn.

Britons are urged once again to postpone non-essential journeys and take extreme care during severe weather.

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: “This week will bring more very unsettle weather at times.

“A low-pressure moving south through Sunday and into Monday will bring winds pretty universally.

“Another system to the north of the UK on Tuesday will bring further blustery conditions while on Thursday a deeper low arrives, and this will be another one to watch.”

It comes as the nation reels from the worst storm in decades, Eunice, which hammered out an 120mph wind assault on Friday.

While this week is unlikely to bring anything on the same scale, weakened trees and buildings could topple in strong winds.

Relentless lows crashing in from the Atlantic will hurl colossal waves over defences sparking flood risks across the country.

The Environment Agency has issued almost 118 flood alerts and 29 more serious flood warnings through the next five days.

Natural Resources Wales has issued 25 flood alerts and five flood warnings amid forecasts for heavy rain.

A spokesman said: “The Flood Alert is now in force for the next four days.

“We will continue to monitor the situation.”

The Met Office has issued a raft of warnings for wind and rain through the next 24 hours.

A yellow alert is in force across much of England and parts of Scotland today and tomorrow with a warning for more than three inches of rain.

A separate amber warning, similar to that prompted by Eunice, has been issued across northern Ireland between midnight and 7am.

A Met Office spokesman said: “A swathe of very strong west to north-westerly winds will reach the north coast of Northern Ireland late on Sunday evening, quickly moving south into the early hours of Monday.

“Gusts of 60-70 mph are expected widely and perhaps 80 mph briefly near exposed northern coasts.

“Winds will ease steadily from the northwest during Monday morning.”

John Hammond, meteorologist for weathertrending, warned to prepare for disruptive wind and rain through the last stretch of this month.

As Britain’s weather is put through the washing machine, temperatures will swing between spring-like and wintery, he added.

He said: “It would be folly to give specifics about whether we’ll see another named storm spin up through the week ahead.

“But the potential is there for further disruptive wind and rain at times as February draws to a close.

“The jet stream will continue to send powerful oscillations of energy across the Atlantic, bringing a number of bands of wet and windy weather through the week.

“Temperatures will continue to fluctuate, springlike at times, wintry at others.”

Drivers are warned to take extra care on the roads through the next 24 hours as damaging winds sweep the nation.

RAC Breakdown spokesman Rod Dennis said: “Drivers will be glad to see the back of Storm Eunice but it looks like it will have a sting in its tail with conditions on the roads remaining challenging right through the weekend.

“It’s not just strong winds that they’ll need to contend with, on Sunday intense rainfall becomes a feature making driving arduous.

“If conditions get particularly bad again, people should consider postponing their journeys, and for those who have to drive, it’s vital they keep their wits about them at all times.”



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