Storm Antoni brings ‘danger to life warning’ as UK braces itself for 60mph winds

The UK has been hit by 'danger to life' weather warnings as Storm Antoni rages.

Forecasters fear gusts could be in excess of 60mph in the worst-affected areas, with a "good chance" of travel disruption and power cuts.

Few parts of the UK will escape downpours, cloud and cold conditions – with low pressure persisting following the sixth-wettest July in history.

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The Met Office issued a number of warnings including an amber warning for wind in southwest Wales until 7pm, an amber warning for wind in southwest England until 7pm and a wider yellow warning for wind across southern parts of the UK until 8pm today (Saturday, August 5).

The weather forecasters said that ‘injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible’ as ‘large waves and beach material being thrown on to sea fronts, coastal roads and properties’.

Chief meteorologist Steve Willington said: "Northern Ireland is likely to see some of the highest rainfall totals, with 40 to 60mm falling in some spots, but 20 to 30mm more widely.

"Away from the warning area many will still see a very wet day, especially in north Wales and north England."

He added: "We expect Saturday to be the worst day on the roads of the summer so far, especially for anyone in the south-west of England – and that’s a lot of people as our research shows it’s the most popular part of the country for leisure trips by car this year."

“Conditions will be atrocious with a wholly unpleasant mix of very strong winds and locally intense rainfall. The best advice is to slow down significantly to stay safe and avoid exposed moorland and coastal routes until the storm passes.

“Drivers towing caravans and trailers need to be particularly careful in these conditions and those with boxes and bikes on the roof should double-check they’re secured properly.

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“Drivers should also watch out for fallen trees and be prepared for the disruption they cause.”

Antoni is the second storm to cross the UK in five days – and although temperatures are set to hit the mid-teens, it won't feel like it.

Winds are set to ease as the afternoon progresses, with rain clearing from eastern areas early on Sunday to leave a quieter day with sunshine and showers for most.

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