Somerset braced for biggest storm since 1987 hurricane
Stormy weather is coming.
What could be the most dramatic weather for two decades is set to hit on Monday, with up to 16mm of rain falling from Sunday evening to the early hours of Monday followed by 60-70mph winds and gusts of up to 80mph which are predicted to bring down trees and cause structural damage.
Some forecasters are warning that the band of weather will bring the worst storms since the hurricane of 1987.
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Monday is St Jude's day, - the patron saint of lost causes - and the first day of the half term holidays.
Persistent, heavy rain is likely to set in at the end of Sunday, accompanied by strengthening winds from around 8pm to midnight.
The storm is expected to rip through the west country, bringing high winds on a band passing up the Britol Channel.
But it is in the areas alongside that band that the worst effects will be felt - including mid and north Somerset.
Met Office exprts have been unable to predict where the worst of the weather will hit first - It could also blow itself out in the Atlantic, or pass overhead and hit the Midlands.
A rapidly deepening low pressure system is likely to approach southwestern parts of Britain at the end of Sunday, although with some uncertainties over the timing.
This band of weather will continue into Monday.
During the initial phase, heavy rainfall seems more likely to be the main issue, with surface water flooding perhaps happening quite quickly in places given the intensity of rain falling onto already wet ground, perhaps exacerbated by drains blocked by leaf and twig debris.
This concern is likely to be swiftly superseded by the impact of the increasing winds on Monday.
A very intense low pressure system is forecast to run northeastwards across the country early on Monday, bringing the potential for an exceptionally windy spell of weather for southern parts of the UK. At the same time, persistent, heavy rain could cause some surface water flooding.
At this early stage there is uncertainty about the timing, intensity and track of the low. However, the public should be prepared for the risk of falling trees as well as damage to buildings and other structures, bringing disruption to transport and power supplies.
A strong, high-level jet is expected to engage warm low level air to give rise to a rapidly moving low pressure system later on Sunday. This is expected to run northeastwards, probably across England and Wales, with very strong winds on its southern and western flanks. There is the potential for gusts of over 80 mph, especially on exposed coasts, both in southwesterly winds ahead of the low and west to northwesterly winds behind it.