Storm Evert has started to batter the UK with 75mph winds and torrential rain with the Met Office warning it 'will get worse before it gets better', after waves of devastating flooding and freak weather conditions.
The newly named storm is continuing to gather pace and has started to lash the south-west, with coastal gales and rain set to affect parts of the country.
Families camping in tents in the scenic south-west and others enjoying staycations in Cornwall have been subjected to horrific conditions as the storm moves inland.
It will move across parts of the UK, giving a 'wet and windy start' to Friday for the southern and central regions, the Met Office said.
Steven Keates, a meteorologist from the Met Office, said: 'The wind will get worse before it gets better.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Storm Evert has started to batter the UK with 75mph winds and torrential rain with the Met Office warning it 'will get worse before it gets better'
An ice cream van became stuck in the sand after the tide turned on Polzeath Beach in Devon on Thursday amid the changing conditions
Families camping in tents in the scenic south-west and others enjoying staycations in Cornwall have been subjected to horrific conditions as the storm moves inland
It will move across parts of the UK, giving a 'wet and windy start' to Friday for the southern and central regions, the Met Office said
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Storm Evert is set to bring 'unseasonably strong winds and heavy rain to southern parts of the UK into Friday', the Met Office said (pictured: rain showers in central London on Wednesday)
The blustery conditions are predicted to cause damage to buildings and fallen trees, with 'danger to life likely' due to large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads
An amber warning for wind has been issued for some of the south-west from 9pm until 7am, with gusts of up to 75mph forecast across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
'The highest gust of wind is on the Isles of Scilly, which is 45 knots or 52mph.
'There is the potential for 60mph in coastal areas of west Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
'There is the chance of seeing something a little stronger than that from midnight to 3am, where as per the amber warning, there is the chance of seeing gusts of up to 75mph in one or two very exposed coastal spots, mainly in Cornwall.'
An amber weather warning has been issued for south-west England, with the Met Office saying Storm Evert will bring strong winds to the region, potentially causing damage to infrastructure and leading to travel disruption.
This could include damage to buildings, fallen trees and a 'good chance' that power cuts could occur, which could affect other services such as mobile phone coverage.
The warning, which is currently in place until Friday morning, also says large waves, flying debris and beach material being thrown on to roads and seafronts could lead to injuries or 'danger to life'.
Thousands of drivers across the country will be setting off for staycations across the UK ahead of this weekend, after children broke up for their six-week school summer holiday on Monday (pictured: the A12 eastbound in Essex on Wednesday afternoon)
The last named storm was Darcy, which battered the UK over five months ago towards the start of February. Pictured: hail stones that fell in Northampton on Wednesday
Scientists fear the rate of global warming is spiralling out of control, saying that 'climate change is happening and it's happening now' (hail stones in Northampton earlier this week, pictured above)
Flooding and stormy weather has already led to