Drenched.. an angler seems oblivious to the huge crashing waves at Seaham (Image: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)
Waves of up to 21ft have been predicted and people were last night warned to be careful on the coast and avoid swollen rivers, while motorists were advised not to drive through water. The first storm of the season has been named Lorenzo after the record-breaking hurricane sweeping in from the Atlantic. It will first batter the west coast of Ireland which is bracing itself for widespread damage today.
Storm Lorenzo will then head for England and Wales soon after midnight.
The Met Office has predicted “very strong winds” today of up to 65mph, with the Pennines and coastal areas in Cornwall, Devon and South Wales the hardest hit.
Forecaster Simon Partridge said: “For the majority of the UK we will see some gales. There will be near two inches of rain for high ground in Wales and the north-west of England.
“Storm Lorenzo will arrive in Ireland on Thursday with winds of 80 to 90mph.”
But he said by the time it reaches mainland UK properly, it will have lost a lot of power and be a wet and windy spell of weather.
“For Friday there is a yellow wind warning for south-west England and south Wales with winds of up to 65mph,” said Simon.
Woman in Cossington, Leicestershire, cleaning up (Image: Joe Giddens/PA Wire)
“There is further wet weather later in the weekend and that could trigger some rainfall warnings, mainly because the ground will already have been saturated.”
Mr Partridge warned the public to