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Forecasters at the UK Met Office extended a “danger to life” warning, expanding it to “a wider area south of the UK and and warning it will hit worst overnight as high winds usher in the arrival of ferocious Storm Atiyah”.

The Mirror reports powerful winds are expected to sweep across Wales and the southwest of England overnight.

“Manchester is now no longer included in the warning, which now covers more of Wales as the high gusts are forecast to hit further south and west.

“The wind warning is now in force overnight, from 6pm today until 9am tomorrow as the national forecaster warns Brits to expect disruption to travel and huge waves for coastal communities,” the report said.

Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall said the warning now extends overnight, and warns commuters and parents on the school run that the winds could cause travel disruption as it remains in force until 9am tomorrow.

Winds speeds of around 50 mph and up to 75 mph in coastal areas are expected.
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Mr Miall also stated that the bitter weather “could cause trees to fall and structural damage that could cause problems on the roads and railways” on Monday morning.

“There could be some disruption through to tomorrow morning for commuters as the warning is in force until 9am.

“So people up early and doing the school run likely need to be wary of some disruption tomorrow morning,” he said.

The Met Office issued two separate 18-hour yellow weather warnings prior to today’s warning for strong gale-force winds on Sunday and Monday.

The fresh yellow warning also covers Scotland on Tuesday, as forecasts predict heavy rain.

“Coastal regions covering Wales, south-west England and north-wet England are expected to see large waves up to 40ft offshore, whereas Scotland’s west coast will see 28ft waves,” the report added.

“Britons are warned to be aware of any loose items or structures as strong winds could knock over Christmas lights or inflatable decorations from buildings.”

  • Top Feature Photo: Huge waves are expected when Storm Atiyah hits England and WalesImage: Getty Images/EyeEm