UK braced for 'weather bomb' as Storm Brian moves in

Storm Ophelia hit Ireland and parts of Britain earlier this week (Getty Images)

The Government has warned people not to put themselves in danger taking ‘storm selfies’, as Storm Brian looks set to batter Britain this weekend.

The weather front is expected to batter the UK coast days after Storm Ophelia wreaked destruction.

Heavy rain and gusts of 50mph are expected widely across southern England and the west of Wales on Saturday, and winds could reach 70mph in exposed areas.

The wild conditions, caused by a “weather bomb” over the Atlantic Ocean, may cause coastal flooding and affect transport, the Met Office said.

Alison Baptiste, National flood duty manager for the Environment Agency, said: ‘We urge people to stay safe along the coast and warn against putting yourself in unnecessary danger by taking ‘storm selfies’ or driving through flood water – just 30cm is enough to move your car.

‘Strong winds along the south coast on Friday and into Saturday will coincide with high tides. This is likely to cause large waves and spray which could lead to some minor coastal flooding on the south coast.’

Most popular on Yahoo News UK:

Health experts issue warning over Saharan dust in the UK air 
NHS bans some obese and smokers from surgery ‘indefinitely’ 
People are being fined £100 for going to the dentist 
Here’s what you need to know about the Melania Trump body double conspiracy theory 
Couple caught on CCTV having sex in Domino’s takeaway spared jail

 

Weather warnings are in place this weekend

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: “Dramatic waves could pose a threat to life and there will be quite hazardous conditions along the seafront.”

He warned thrillseekers not to risk their safety by posing for “storm selfies” along the coast.

A yellow weather warning for wind has been issued in affected areas, valid from 4am to midnight on Saturday.

Wide parts of the country could see between 15mm and 25mm of rainfall, with deluges of up to 60mm in isolated areas.

Northern Ireland, one of the areas worst affected by Storm Ophelia, is also braced for further disruption when a band of rain moves in from the west on Thursday.

A yellow weather warning for rain has been issued across the region, valid from 3pm to midnight.

 

  • Russian model 'who was victim of Salisbury poisoning scare' claims Putin's henchmen tried to kill her
    News
    The Telegraph

    Russian model 'who was victim of Salisbury poisoning scare' claims Putin's henchmen tried to kill her

    Russian model 'who was victim of Salisbury poisoning scare' claims Putin's henchmen tried to kill her

  • Captain Cook's missing HMS Endeavour 'discovered' off US coast 
    News
    The Telegraph

    Captain Cook's missing HMS Endeavour 'discovered' off US coast 

    Captain Cook's missing HMS Endeavour 'discovered' off US coast 

  • Conkers explained: Do they keep spiders away? What tree are they from? And are they poisonous to eat?
    News
    Evening Standard

    Conkers explained: Do they keep spiders away? What tree are they from? And are they poisonous to eat?

    Many of us have fond memories of taking autumn walks and collecting conkers as a child, racing each other as to who could find the most. The name 'conker' is also applied to the seed and to the tree itself. Conkers (seeds) are surrounded by a spiky green case.

  • Security guard seriously injured after man stealing chocolate worth £1.79 launches 'frenzied attack'
    News
    The Independent

    Security guard seriously injured after man stealing chocolate worth £1.79 launches 'frenzied attack'

    A supermarket security guard has been left seriously injured after a shoplifter who stole £1.79 worth of chocolate launched a “frenzied attack” on him.

  • Boy arrested in Australia after admitting to putting needles in strawberries
    News
    Yahoo News UK

    Boy arrested in Australia after admitting to putting needles in strawberries

    Fruits contaminated with sewing needles and pins have been discovered in all six Australian states.

  • How popular is Donald Trump? Latest polls, approval ratings and impeachment odds
    News
    The Telegraph

    How popular is Donald Trump? Latest polls, approval ratings and impeachment odds

    How popular is Donald Trump? Latest polls, approval ratings and impeachment odds

  • Paul O’Grady reveals homophobic taunts at husband on flight
    News
    PA Entertainment

    Paul O’Grady reveals homophobic taunts at husband on flight

    The Blind Date host said Andre Portasio was targeted while travelling from Bangkok to London.

  • BBC One announces staff changes at Holby City Hospital
    News
    PA Entertainment

    BBC One announces staff changes at Holby City Hospital

    A new general surgeon is heading for Holby.

  • Giant wasp nest found in loft, buzzing with 20,000 insects
    News
    AOL.com

    Giant wasp nest found in loft, buzzing with 20,000 insects

    This is the moment a "beast" of a wasp nest was found in the loft of a suburban house Newbury, Berkshire, swarming with 20,000 of the stinging insects. Pest controller Shane Jones was called to the family home after a mum was repeatedly stung by 30 wasps in her bathroom. Shane spotted wasps buzzing around the bathroom extractor fan and climbed up into the loft.

  • May to reject Barnier’s Irish border proposals as ‘unacceptable’
    News
    The Guardian

    May to reject Barnier’s Irish border proposals as ‘unacceptable’

    Theresa May is due to make an appeal to EU leaders at the end of a dinner in Salzburg on Wednesday evening. Theresa May will reject Michel Barnier’s revised Irish backstop border proposals at the Salzburg summit because the European Union is still insisting on customs checks down the Irish Sea if the two sides cannot strike a free trade agreement after Brexit. The prime minister foreshadowed the argument she will make to the other EU leaders over dinner on Wednesday evening in an article in Die Welt, which said the proposed backstop was “unacceptable” because it did not respect “the constitutional and economic integrity of the UK”.

  • Jacob Rees-Mogg distances himself from Steve Bannon
    News
    Reuters

    Jacob Rees-Mogg distances himself from Steve Bannon

    One of the leading British politicians pushing for a sharp exit from the European Union, Jacob Rees-Mogg, says he has no interest in joining a campaign to disrupt EU operations organised by former Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon. Rees-Mogg, whose image as an old-fashioned, unashamedly "posh" Conservative has endeared him to many voters disillusioned with more modern-looking politicians, said he had met Bannon only once, in 2017. "He is a very well informed man," Rees-Mogg said of Bannon, but added: "We just had a discussion on world affairs.

  • Tesco takes on Aldi and Lidl as first Jack's store opens
    News
    Sky News

    Tesco takes on Aldi and Lidl as first Jack's store opens

    Tesco (Frankfurt: 852647 - news) has unveiled its new concept store Jack's, as it seeks a slice of the growth achieved by budget grocery chains Aldi and Lidl. Britain's biggest retailer will open its first two Jack's stores tomorrow in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, and Immingham, North East Lincolnshire - Tesco sites that were closed down four years ago. Most products will be Jack's own brand and the chain will have 2,600 product lines, compared to tens of thousands in most Tesco stores.

  • Rolls Royce plans to replace UK trains with electric alternative
    News
    The Independent

    Rolls Royce plans to replace UK trains with electric alternative

    Famed British manufacturer Rolls Royce has signed a deal to test electric-hybrid trains on UK railways. The deal with UK firm Porterbrook could see hundreds of diesel trains converted to be less polluting. “We expect hybrid technology to grow at above the current growth rates of diesel,” said Andreas Schell, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

  • TV presenter and scriptwriter Denis Norden found it was alright on the night
    News
    PA Entertainment

    TV presenter and scriptwriter Denis Norden found it was alright on the night

    The TV presenter and comedy writer has died aged 96.

  • Chagos: Mauritius challenges British colonialism in a case with major implications
    News
    The Conversation

    Chagos: Mauritius challenges British colonialism in a case with major implications

    The UK is increasingly isolated in its claim to the Chagos Islands. If an international court finds in Mauritius's favour, the implications could be huge.

  • How to have the perfect small wedding: Six dos and don'ts
    News
    The Telegraph

    How to have the perfect small wedding: Six dos and don'ts

    How to have the perfect small wedding: Six dos and don'ts

  • Very Good Boy: Police Dog Takes Down Kidnapping Suspect in Florida
    Storyful

    Very Good Boy: Police Dog Takes Down Kidnapping Suspect in Florida

    The Pasco Sheriff’s Office praised the work of a K9 and deputy for arresting a man who tried to kidnap a child in New Port Richey, Florida, on September 17. Police said the chase began after Sergeant Ferguson and a K9 named Titan responded to a call for battery and the attempted kidnapping at a residence. Local reports said the suspect, later identified as 24-year-old Kevin Wilson, arrived at a home and climbed up to a second-floor window. The suspect had a no contact order in place at the residence and the residents were known to the suspect. The mother at the residence allowed the man inside and he tried to kidnap the child during an argument, local reports said, citing police. The suspect then fled the scene and was chased by police. This footage shows the officer and police dog apprehending the suspect before his arrest. Credit: Pasco Sheriff’s Office via Storyful

  • Best independent schools in 2018: Full league table for GCSE results
    News
    The Telegraph

    Best independent schools in 2018: Full league table for GCSE results

    Best independent schools in 2018: Full league table for GCSE results

  • Car industry demands 'no-deal' Brexit ruled out by EU and UK
    News
    Sky News

    Car industry demands 'no-deal' Brexit ruled out by EU and UK

    The UK car industry has demanded Brexit negotiators rule out a "no-deal" scenario immediately, to avoid costly damage to the sector across Europe. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which has consistently placed itself in the Remain camp since the 2016 vote, reacted following a series of recent announcements relating to UK carmakers' Brexit preparations. Chief among them was Tuesday's revelation by BMW, first reported by Sky News, that it would shut down manufacturing at its Mini plant outside Oxford for a month after Brexit day next year because of the potential for supply chain disruption.

  • Woman dead after caravan blown off cliff as Storm Ali strikes
    Press Association video

    Woman dead after caravan blown off cliff as Storm Ali strikes

    A woman has died after a caravan was blown off a cliff in the Republic of Ireland, as parts of the British Isles have been battered by Storm Ali. The woman in her 50s died after the caravan was swept away in Claddaghduff, County Galway, at about 0745 BST. More than 80,000 homes are without power in Ireland and Northern Ireland and strong gusts are disrupting travel.

  • Porsche creates fast-charging 'pit-stop' parking bays
    News
    motor1

    Porsche creates fast-charging 'pit-stop' parking bays

    System allows cars to find an extra 250 miles of range from just 20 minutes of charging.

  • Patients’ lives ‘to be transformed’ by NHS genomic testing
    News
    PA Science

    Patients’ lives ‘to be transformed’ by NHS genomic testing

    The NHS will become the first health service in the world to routinely offer the test.

  • Who wore it better? Jonathan Van Ness and Davina McCall wear same top days apart
    News
    PA Entertainment

    Who wore it better? Jonathan Van Ness and Davina McCall wear same top days apart

    The duo chose the same sheer Prada blouse for red carpet events.

  • Sainsbury's-Asda merger referred for 'in-depth investigation'
    News
    Sky News

    Sainsbury's-Asda merger referred for 'in-depth investigation'

    The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is referring the proposed merger between Sainsbury (Amsterdam: SJ6.AS - news) 's and Asda for a further "in-depth investigation". The CMA confirmed on Wednesday, having completed its Phase 1 investigation into the proposed merger, that the deal "raises sufficient concerns" to be referred for a more in-depth review. The competition watchdog pointed out that the companies are two of the largest grocery retailers in the UK, with overlapping stores in hundreds of local areas, "where shoppers could face higher prices or a worse quality of service".

  • News
    Sky News

    Telford grooming victim's father tells EDL and Britain First to stop using her picture

    The father of a Telford grooming victim says he has asked far-right groups not to use images of his daughter to promote Islamophobia. Vernon Round, whose daughter Vicky was groomed from the age of 11 by men of Pakistani origin, said the English Defence League (EDL) and Britain First had been using her image for racist means.