Hurricane Lorenzo set to batter Britain's shores as 'threat to life' warning is issued

30 September 2019, 16:35

By Sylvia De Luca

The Met Office has issued a "threat to life" warning as Britain braces itself for the remnants of Hurricane Lorenzo to reach home shores.

On Tuesday, the yellow weather warning will expand to include the majority of the south of England, South Wales, the Midlands and parts of East Anglia, as heavy showers bring a "small chance of fast-flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life".

Lorenzo is currently making its way across the Atlantic, but it is expected to wane in strength before reaching the west coast.

Met Office meteorologist Nicola Maxey said: "There are big discrepancies in the way [Lorenzo] could travel over the Atlantic.

"It's too early to tell which path it's going to take, but it won't be a hurricane by the time it gets here.

"As weather fronts pass over the Atlantic they slow down and potentially take on water, sometimes they're nothing but a ball of energy by the time they reach us," Ms Maxey said.

She added that there is some snow in the forecast across the mountains in Scotland on Wednesday.

Waves crash over the promenade in Dover, Kent
Waves crash over the promenade in Dover, Kent. Picture: PA
The Met Office has issued driving tips to drivers as heavy rain continues
The Met Office has issued driving tips to drivers as heavy rain continues. Picture: PA

As of Monday afternoon, there were 56 flood warnings in place across England and Wales, and a further 153 flood alerts.

Emergency services searched for a person allegedly swept away by the River Severn on Monday, after a yellow weather warning was issued for parts of Wales and the Midlands.

The search was later called off after a man was found on a flood plain.

A second call from a person concerned they had seen a person or animal struggling in floodwater was also stood down.

A spokesman said: "Emergency services searched that stretch of water and no-one was located.

"Teams have now been stood down after the calls were made with good intent."

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