GALE-FORCE winds reaching up to 60mph will hit Britain TODAY as the remnants of Hurricane Lorenzo spark power cuts and 30ft waves.
The 500-mile-wide hurricane – dubbed a “real beast” by the Met Office – will thrash the west coast before bringing rain across much of the country this morning.
The Environment Agency has issued 28 flood alerts and eight flood warnings across the UK with half a month’s rain set to fall by the end of the week.
A spokesman said: “Local flooding from rivers and surface water is possible but not expected in parts of England and Wales on Sunday and Monday.
“Land, roads and some properties could flood and there will likely be travel disruption in places.”
The majority of the warnings are in the Midlands and north of England.
Met Office weather forecaster Craig Snell said the impacts of Hurricane Lorenzo – now downgraded to a storm – were strengthening last night.
He said: “The centre of Lorenzo is just off to the west of Ireland and it’s beginning to produce gale-force winds across the Republic of Ireland.
“The winds are beginning to strengthen.”
He added certain areas of the UK’s west would experience gales from 50-60mph as rain hammers down this morning.
The rain will move “into the far west of the UK before transferring eastwards.”
He added: “This morning the first band will have cleared into the sea and the second band of rain will hit in South West England.”
Coastal routes will also be affected by large waves with power losses possible.
Mr Snell warned: “The rain will be heavy but it’s moving fairly quickly, and in Northern England we will see about 20 to 30mm of rain.”
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Hurricane Lorenzo, which was a maximum Category 5 storm before hitting the Azores, was the strongest hurricane ever recorded so close to Europe.
Met Office weather forecaster Greg Dewhurst told Mirror Online: “Through the weekend and into next week it looks like heavy rain at times and strong winds at times.
“It stays wet and windy until the end of Wednesday.”
The Met Office said: “The National Hurricane Center has confirmed Hurricane Lorenzo is the strongest on record this far north and east in the Atlantic.”
The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) fear people will put themselves in danger by taking selfies with the huge waves as a backdrop.
The charity says lives could be lost if people are swept into the sea trying to get their best ‘This is me and Hurricane Lorenzo’ shots’.
Steve Instance, RNLI Community Safety Manager for the South West, said “We’re expecting more strong winds to hit throughout Friday, bringing with it rough sea conditions.
“Those heading to the coast to take photographs of the conditions should make sure that they don’t get too close.
“Strong winds and heavy rain will make the cliff paths treacherous and extra care should be taken when coastal walking.
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“We would advise people to stay out of the water.
“The four beaches across the south-west that have a lifeguard service on Friday are likely to be showing the red flag and these conditions will extend to almost all beaches along both north and south coasts.
“We are fortunate that we no longer have the large tides which brought with them all the flooding issues last week, but there will still be large surges associated with the big swell.”
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