Met Office issues weather warning issued for parts of England and Scotland

Heavy rain and winds could bring flooding, travel disruptions and power outages to parts of England and Scotland over the weekend.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for the east and south of England and north-east Scotland via Aberdeenshire, Orkney and Shetland.

Wind speeds are expected to reach up to 70 mph in some parts, combined with 30mm to 40mm of rain.

A Met Office spokesman said, “A few gusts of 60 to 70 mph would be enough to cause some problems, transportation delays and a brief possible power outage.

“For north-east Scotland the winds are certainly stronger. There is a greater likelihood that some branches will fall off trees. When people have things in the garden, parts get blown around, but not quite enough to cause real structural damage. It’s mainly traffic disruptions.

“In the north-east of Scotland there is a possibility of flooding on some houses and buildings, and flooding of some roads and flooding in some properties in the south-east as well.”

For some coastal areas, strong winds and heavy rain are forecast on Saturday, affecting East Anglia, Essex, Kent and the south coast across the Isle of Wight and up to Lyme Regis from 1pm to 10pm.

It is predicted that gusts will reach 52 mph on the Isle of Wight, 43 mph in Norwich and 56 mph in Ramsgate.

The Met Office warns of some delays in road, rail, air and ferry traffic, delays for vehicles with high sidewalls on exposed routes and bridges, power outages and high waves and spray in coastal areas.

Heavy downpours are forecast over Orkney and Shetland from 4:00 p.m. Saturday to 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, causing local flooding and disruption to transport services.

Strong winds are expected over north Aberdeenshire and as far as Orkney and Shetland from Saturday midnight to Sunday 3pm.

The Met Office warns that businesses and households will be flooded, along with transportation delays and a possible short-term loss of electricity and other services.

The wind and rain may not be over after Sunday night as the Met Office predicts the possibility of more adverse conditions early next week.

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