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The Severn Bridge is CLOSED and hundreds of homes have suffered power outages


Forecasters today cautioned life threatening as hundreds of homes suffered power outages and heavy storms forced the Severn Bridge to close as Storm Aiden stormed into Britain.

The Met Office predicted that high winds and heavy rain will hit the entire nation as the first named storm of winter hits from the west on Saturday, followed by the tail edge of Hurricane Zeta tomorrow.

In Ireland and on the west coast of England, Scotland and Wales, where travel interruptions, flash floods and possible power outages are to be expected, severe weather warnings against wind and rain apply until 7 p.m.

Marco Petagna, Met Office forecaster, said he anticipates flooding "almost anywhere" this weekend. The British warned they could face travel disruptions as the roads would be cut off by potential flooding.

Wind speeds are expected to reach maximums of up to 120 km / h on the western islands of Scotland and up to 100 km / h on the west coast.

The Severn Bridge, which connects southwest England with Wales, had to close today on the M48 between Junction 2 for Chepstow and Junction 1 for Aust as strong winds are expected to last for some time, Highways England said.

Elsewhere, at least 543 West Country homes suffered power outages this morning as winds of 50 mph on Halloween hit Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and South Wales.

Those in coastal towns had sandbags ready as the Met Office warned that periods of heavy rain were "likely" to flood homes and businesses in parts of western England and Wales.

Police urged drivers to take care of them in "extreme conditions" today, saying trees could be blown down by the wind and thrown across roads. Fallen trees have reportedly already blocked roads in Brockley, Somerset.

In Somerset, trains were diverted between Taunton and Bridgwater after a tree fell on the line.

Pictured: Stormy seas surround Mumbles Lighthouse near Swansea today as Storm Aiden comes in from the west

An update states: “No service on CrossCountry Northbound between Taunton and Bristol Temple Meads due to a fallen tree on the line between Taunton and Bridgwater.

Impact on services towards Bristol. Some services are diverted through Westbury. & # 39;

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather alert in areas as far as Devon, the West Midlands, Wales, Scotland, Yorkshire and the Humber. Forecasters say Storm Aiden could bring "fast flowing or deep floods".

They said "some communities may be cut off by flooded streets" as people prepared to have as much fun as possible in the traditional Halloween celebrations tonight, already hampered by Covid-19 restrictions.

Forecasters also warned of a further interruption in some power supplies and delays in transport until 7 p.m.

Wiltshire homes were flooded at Haydon Wick this morning after a water pipe burst around 6 a.m.

Another threat to life from rains in Wales and North West England is from 6 p.m. on Sunday to 6 a.m. on Monday, stating that some communities could be cut off by fast flowing and deep flooding.

Very strong winds could hit north west Scotland between 12:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, including the possibility of power outages and delays for high-sided vehicles and public transportation.

People brave the wet and stormy conditions at Wimbledon Common in London, while a cold weather system comes in from Europe bringing pouring rain and wind speeds of 120 km / h in much of the UK

People brave the wet and stormy conditions at Wimbledon Common in London, while a cold weather system comes in from Europe bringing pouring rain and wind speeds of 120 km / h to many parts of the UK

A woman is walking her dog during a downpour in Wimbledon Common, London this morning as Storm Aiden moved to the UK

A woman is walking her dog in the rain at Wimbledon Common, London this morning when Storm Aiden moved to the UK

It is expected that the wind speeds on the islands off Scotland reach maximum values ​​of up to 120 km / h, on the west coast up to 100 km / h. Pictured: London Today

It is expected that the wind speeds on the islands off Scotland reach maximum values ​​of up to 120 km / h, on the west coast up to 100 km / h. Pictured: London Today

Pictured: A couple seek shelter under an umbrella as they visit Leicester Square, London this afternoon in heavy rain

Pictured: A couple seek shelter under an umbrella as they visit Leicester Square, London this afternoon in heavy rain

The Met Office today issued a yellow weather warning of high winds and rain across much of the UK as the first named storm of winter hit from the west

Another danger to life from rainfalls in Wales and the north-west of England applies from 6 p.m. on Sunday to 6 a.m. on Monday (picture). Some communities could be cut off by fast flowing and deep flooding

The Met Office today issued a yellow weather warning of strong winds and rain across much of the UK (left). Another danger to life from rain in Wales and North West England is from 6pm on Sunday to 6am on Monday (correct)

Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Martin Young said, “While the heavy rain and strong winds of Storm Aiden are sweeping east on Saturday, another system quickly follows on Sunday that includes the remains of former Hurricane Zeta and more heavy rain and brings strong wind.

& # 39; Given this falls from a wet October to already saturated ground, some areas are at increased risk of flooding.

"We urge people to closely monitor forecasts, flood warnings and warnings in their areas."

Predicted rainfall throughout Saturday is projected to be 20 to 40 mm in lower-lying areas, while it could be 40 to 60 mm in hilly areas, according to the Met Office.

Predicted rainfall throughout Saturday is projected to be 20 to 40 mm in lower-lying areas, while it could be 40 to 60 mm in hilly areas, according to the Met Office. Pictured: London Today

Predicted rainfall throughout Saturday is projected to be 20 to 40 mm in lower-lying areas, while it could be 40 to 60 mm in hilly areas, according to the Met Office. Pictured: London Today

Wiltshire homes were flooded at Haydon Wick this morning after a water pipe burst around 6 a.m. Pictured: the flood

Wiltshire homes were flooded at Haydon Wick this morning after a water pipe burst around 6 a.m. Pictured: the flood

Forecaster Marco Petagna told MailOnline that the rain will ease briefly if it pushes east tonight before returning on Sunday.

Tomorrow will be wet and windy for those in the southwest, although temperatures in the south are expected to be mild with a potential high of 15C overnight.

Lifeguard Rescue Man After His Yacht From & # 39; Big Freak Wave & # 39; was capsized

Lifeguards rescued a man at 5am today after his yacht was overturned by a "big freak wave" off the Isles of Scilly in south-west England.

The Falmouth Coastguard's helicopter and an RNLI lifeboat rescued the Frenchman and his 34-foot yacht six miles offshore.

Ian Guy, Director of Operations at the National Maritime Operations Center, said, “The sailor described being hit by a large freak wave that overturned, rolled and hampered the ship, and with such a severe storm forecast for the area this morning it was important to get help for this small sailing ship quickly.

"Fortunately, the skipper of the ship is unharmed and the RNLI crew of the St. Marys lifeboat were able to secure a tow under difficult conditions and bring the ship to port on the Isles of Scilly."

Mr Petagna said: “Overnight it will be less stormy with some clear spells, although the showers in Scotland may continue. On Sunday there will be more rain from the southwest, which in turn will affect the whole of Great Britain.

"This will gradually calm down over the next week when we're going to see a big shift towards calmer weather."

Scotland is likely to be hardest hit by flooding, with 12 warnings covering areas on the west coast, as well as regions such as Dundee and Angus, Tayside and Orkney.

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) also issued 11 flood warnings on Saturday for areas where flooding is likely.

The Environment Agency has issued 17 flood warnings for sites across England from Cumbria to Bournemouth and Natural Resources Wales has issued 33 warnings.

Gary White, the on-duty tactical manager for Natural Resources Wales, added that flooding is likely to occur across the country in the next few days.

He said, "Our rescue workers will be in key locations to check that the defenses are in good condition and to make sure that all drainage grids and screens are clear to reduce the risk to people and their homes."

The UK had its wettest day on record earlier this month – with enough rainfall to fill Loch Ness.

October 3 averaged 1.25 inches across the country, the most since records began 129 years ago.

The day of the downpours came hours after Storm Alex hit Britain at 90 mph. It hit the previous record of 1.17 inches on August 25, 1986.

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