Brits brace for travel chaos with furious 70mph gales and torrential rain

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The nation is bracing itself for travel chaos and power cuts after extreme gale force winds led to a yellow weather warning issued for the whole of England and Wales.

Furious 70mph gusts and torrential rain are expected to batter the two countries.

The warning was put in place on Wednesday night and will stay in place until Thursday afternoon.

The Met Office yellow warning means there are likely to be delays on the roads and transport services along with short term loss of power.

It says: "Strong and gusty winds are likely to develop on Wednesday evening and continue into Thursday across England and Wales.

"Gusts of 50-55 mph are possible inland, especially close to showers.

"On coasts and hills, especially in the west, wind speeds may reach 60-70 mph on before gradually easing this afternoon."

Earlier the Royal National Lifeboat Institution urged people to take care near cliffs, seafronts or piers due to the "severe safety risk" posed by the winds and heavy rain.

The charity's head of water safety Gareth Morrison implored people to avoid taking unnecessary risks with 150 people losing their lives at the coast each year.

Showers will continue into the weekend, according to the Met Office.

Meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said: "The weekend is set to have an unsettled start but nothing usual for the time of year.

"We could see some strong winds during the early hours of Saturday morning and lots of heavy showers around particularly in the west.

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"But as we go head into Sunday they should become less frequent and not quite as heavy, so it is an unsettled start but as the weekend goes on the winds will start to ease a little bit."

Meanwhile, bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds to 1-2 on the wind speed hitting 100mph in the UK mainland before the end of the week.

It is also 5-4 for this month to finish as the wettest March ever.

The firm's John Hill said: "It's going to be an unsettled few days ahead with rain and storms set to hit large parts of the UK.

"We make it odds-on for the wind speed to reach as high as 100mph in the mainland, while temperatures look likely to drop to -10C before the week is out."

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