Storm Mathis batters Britain TODAY: Nearly 700 homes in Cornwall without power
Britain is battered by nearly 100mph gales as Storm Mathis leaves hundreds of home without power and brings travel chaos in its wake – after Met Office issues warnings for heavy rainfall and wind
- Hundreds of homes were left without power in the southwest of England
- The Met Office has issued two yellow weather warnings for wind and rain today
Hundreds of homes were left without power as Storm Mathis battered the southwest of England last night with more heavy wind and rain forecast.
Almost 700 properties were affected by power outages in Cornwall and gusts of up to 60mph felled trees which blocked roads, causing travel chaos.
It comes as heavy rain and wind is set to thrash the south by Storm Mathis overnight, named by the Météo-France, France‘s meteorological office.
The storm, which has been making its way through Europe, has the potential to cause ‘structural damage to buildings’, forecasters warned.
The Met Office has issued two yellow weather warnings for the south of England and parts of Wales, with it warning of a chance of flooding in some areas.
Gusts of up to 60mph felled trees which blocked roads, causing travel chaos.
A yellow rain warning covering most of Devon and parts of Cornwall is in place from 6am to 6pm today.
Commuters were warned of travel chaos with public transport likely to be affected and journey times taking longer.
There is also a risk of spray, standing water and some flooding on roads.
Meanwhile, a separate yellow warning for wind, covering the southwest of England and coastal parts of Wales is in place until midday.
Strong winds are likely to cause delays to road, rail air and ferry transport, the Met Office warned.
Temperatures are set to stay in the low teens this morning, while yesterday saw highs of 17.8C at Santon Downham in Norfolk.
On Friday evening low pressure is set to drift out of the UK to the south-east, with the last bands of rain moving across the country this evening.
There will be a steady band of widespread rain falling from Northern Ireland to south-west England, bringing steady periods of light rain.
The Met Office has issued two yellow weather warnings for the south of England, with it warning of a chance of flooding in some areas
Tomorrow will see ;argely cloudy with patchy rain across western and southern areas.
The rain will sink into the south-west of England through the day.
Most areas will escape with lengthy dry but cloudy spells, with light patchy rain will push into the north-east through the late afternoon.
Meanwhile, a fine day is forecast to develop on Sunday, with lengthy dry and fine spells.
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