UK storm: Swansea and South Wales now more likely to be in path of most severe weather in years with 70mph winds - says Met Office
SWANSEA and South Wales are now more likely than before to face the worst storm in more than two decades on Monday, the Met Office has said.
Gusts of up to 80mph or 90mph are expected - strong enough to cause structural damage and travel disruption.
The low pressure weather system responsible has not even been born yet, but is expected to develop on Saturday in the Atlantic and then deepen as it tracks towards the UK.
The Met Office said "some areas could see some of their strongest winds for a number of years".
The Met Office issued an amber warning, meaning “be prepared”, for the southern half of England and South Wales.
It gave a lesser yellow warning, meaning “be aware”, for the rest of Wales and England.
"It will be stormy though Monday morning with gusts of 70 to 80mph with the greatest risk in the south and in exposed areas," a Met Office spokesman said.
"It will be very wet and windy everywhere and with winds like that trees are at risk of coming down, especially as the mild weather means leaves are still on the trees.
"It's going to be pretty rough through the morning on Monday."