Storm Betty weather maps show UK regions to be hit by heavy rain and 40mph winds

Storm Betty could ravage Britain with the Met Office confirming there is a “risk to life” in weather warnings put in place across the UK.  

Very strong winds and heavy rain are expected across many parrts of the UK after Storm Betty arrived on Friday.

The Met Office has put official weather warnings in place across the country due to the storm, which is the second named storm this month following Storm Antoni.

On X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, a spokesperson the Met Office said: “#StormBetty has been pushing northwards through the early hours with continued heavy rain and strong winds.

“Take care if you are beginning any journeys this morning and stay up to date with the latest Warnings are in force until 12 noon today.” (Saturday, August 19)

There is a weather warning for wind along the western coast and two different regions have a warning for rain – one in Scotland and one in the north of England.

The weather warning for wind along the west coast said there is a risk there could be some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs.

It said that there was the potential for injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.

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It also said that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

The highest rainfall totals are expected over east-facing high ground in the Angus Hills and the Grampian Mountains where between 40-60mm could accumulate, according to Sky News.

Strong and gusty southeasterly winds will accompany the rain, with gusts perhaps as high as 40mph around some exposed coasts and hills in the east.

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