U.K. Faces Risk of Severe Storm This Weekend, Met Office Says

Oct. 24 (Bloomberg) -- The U.K. should brace for severe storm winds this weekend that may bring down trees and damage buildings, the Met Office said.

Spells of heavy rain and strong winds will affect most of the U.K. on Oct. 26-Oct. 27 with winds of as much as 80 miles per hour (129 kilometers per hour) lashing the southern half of the country from the evening of Oct. 27 into Oct. 28, the government-owned forecaster said in a website statement.

Weather models show the storm “is likely to develop in the west Atlantic on Saturday,” said Eddy Carroll, chief forecaster at the Met Office. “Then it’s likely to rapidly intensify just west of the U.K. late on Sunday before tracking across England and Wales early on Monday.”

Should winds reach 80 mph, it would be equivalent to a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, one level above a tropical storm.

Some areas could experience their strongest winds for “a number of years,” the Met Office said.

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