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Wild Wednesday: Where Will Latest Storm Hit?
Large parts of the UK are experiencing a "Wild Wednesday" with strong winds and heavy rain including in the South which is already reeling from severe flooding.
The Met Office has issued a red warning - the most severe - for "exceptional" winds up to 100mph in western parts of Wales and some north-western areas of England this afternoon and evening.
Among the areas affected by the extreme weather could be Blackpool, Cumbria, Lancashire and Merseyside.
According to the Met Office, a gust of 110mph was recorded on a ship south of Ireland. A 92mph gust was recorded on land at Mumbles Head on the edge of Swansea.
During the day gusts up to 80mph are possible in southern England and parts of the North amid an amber alert, as millions of people are warned to be prepared.
Forecasters say there may be a month's worth of rainfall in the next three days, which will add to the flooding concerns in the Thames Valley and Somerset.
Hundreds of properties have already been flooded and the water levels on the River Thames are set to continue rising.
Experts are predicting 20-30mm of rain today across many southern and western areas, with as much as 70mm by Friday in the already sodden West Country, south Wales, western Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The rain and strong winds have already hit the South West and southern England and they will affect northern areas later.
There is also a less serious yellow warning for snow in the North, with predictions of 20-50mm in places and 100mm on higher ground, in western Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England and Wales.
This will bring the risk of travel disruption.
Sky weather forecaster Isobel Lang said: "A deep Atlantic depression will bring further weather impacts today including further flooding from heavy rain, dangerous driving conditions from snow and travel and power disruption from severe gales.
"Around 20 to 30mm of rain, over an inch, is likely as the front sweeps northeastwards, along with 60mph gusts, but the strongest winds are forecast to affect northwest England and Wales this afternoon and evening and gusts may reach a damaging 100mph."
She added: "Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will have a stormy day as low pressure tracks northeastwards.
"Heavy rain and hill snow will spread northeast followed by clear spells and scattered wintry showers.
"Winds will be very strong especially across southern and eastern parts with gusts in excess of 80mph.
"Conditions will calm down a touch tonight with clear spells leading to a patchy frost inland with wintry showers continuing around the west coast of the Republic.
"Scotland will see the low spread northeast later. It will become increasingly wet with significant mountain snow, after a cold and icy start.
"Around 10 to 20cm of snow is forecast over the mountains.
"Winds will be rather strong and blustery too although not as severe as further south across northern England and Wales.
"Tonight the low will pull away to the Northern Isles with clearer weather eventually spreading across southern Scotland.
"Some patch frost and ice is possible."
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