02 October 2020 12:31
Parts of the UK are facing heavy rain and high winds, as Storm Alex brings in a stretch of bad weather. Widespread power cuts have hit areas west of London and along the south coast, where gale-force winds reached 61mph (98km/h) on Friday morning. Rain warnings are in place across much of Wales and England and parts of Scotland for this weekend. The Met Office's chief meteorologist said the forecast was a "miserable end to the working week". Storm Alex, which has been affecting France, has pushed strong winds and lashing rain into southern England, causing disruption to power lines in the South West and on the Isle of Wight.
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks recorded power cuts in more than 20 areas, including Portsmouth, Southampton and towns east of Reading. Western Power Distribution has also recorded incidents in the South West, affecting Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset. Forecasters have warned that southern coastal areas of England could see gusts of up to 65mph, while other parts of the UK could be at risk of flooding before the end of Sunday. A yellow weather warning for wind and rain is in place on Friday across much of southern England - stretching from Cornwall to the Kent coast - and parts of Wales. Chief meteorologist at the Met Office Steve Ramsdale said: "As the strong winds and rain associated with Storm Alex clear away from Britain later on Friday, another low-pressure system moves towards the UK from the east bringing further very heavy rain and strong winds to many over the weekend." Image copyright PA Media Image caption In Swanage in Dorset, waves were seen crashing against the seafront Image copyright PA Media Image caption Locals joined a clean-up effort after stones were brought in by the sea Image copyright PA Media Image caption Members of the Coastguard were on hand as the waves knocked a bin over Image copyright PA Media Image copyright Gareth Fuller Image caption A car drives through a large puddle on the A20 in Folkestone, Kent There is also the possibility of flooding this weekend across parts of the UK.
The Environment Agency said: "We urge people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive though flood water - it is often deeper than it looks and just 30cm of flowing water is enough to float your car." As a subscriber, you are shown 80% less display advertising when reading our articles. Those ads you do see are predominantly from local businesses promoting local services. These adverts enable local businesses to get in front of their target audience – the local community. It is important that we continue to promote these adverts as our local businesses need as much support as possible during these challenging times. Close A Met Office weather warning is in place for Somerset today (October 2) as Storm Alex sweeps across the South West.
A large area of the South West is covered by the warning, with flooding and travel disruption expected. The M48 Severn Bridge has already been closed this morning because of high winds. And the A35 is closed in both directions near Dorchester after a crash and flooding. Looking for today's top stories in one place? Sign up for our newsletter here Several properties have also seen a power cut this morning in Somerset. We'll be bringing you live updates on Storm Alex and the disruption it causes below. Been affected by Storm Alex? Email pictures, travel updates and more to [email protected] Live updates will appear in the blog below. Get all your local traffic news, powered by In Your Area: