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Met Office issues 'danger to life' weather warnings as Storm Kathleen batters UK

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FORECASTERS have issued a “danger to life” weather warning as Storm Kathleen continues to batter the UK.

The Atlantic storm started smashing parts of the country on Saturday, and is still threatening to cause travel delays, flooding, and power cuts across the country.

Bill Guiller ran past waves crashing in Whitehead at the weekend

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Bill Guiller ran past waves crashing in Whitehead at the weekendCredit: PA
Planes at Gatwick battled with Storm Kathleen's winds yesterday morning

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Planes at Gatwick battled with Storm Kathleen’s winds yesterday morningCredit: Gary Stone
Southend-on-Sea was hit by the wild weather - which forecasters have warned is far from over

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Southend-on-Sea was hit by the wild weather – which forecasters have warned is far from overCredit: Getty
The Met Office has placed multiple yellow weather warnings across the UK in the coming days with some threatening a 'danger to life'

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The Met Office has placed multiple yellow weather warnings across the UK in the coming days with some threatening a ‘danger to life’

The Met Office has warned there is a chance the high winds could send debris flying – bringing a “danger to life”, too.

Forecasters have also placed yellow weather warnings in Scotland, along much of the west coast of the UK and also the southern coastline.

It comes after Storm Katheen wreaked havoc across the country – sending planes terrifyingly bouncing along runways and seeing dozens of flights grounded.

The storm’s high winds have battered other parts of the UK, with a crane being brought down on a house in Wigan near Manchester yesterday.

And forecasters have warned the damage could be far from over.

A yellow wind warning is in place for Truro and Plymouth from 6pm today until 6pm tomorrow.

The Met said: “There is a small chance that injuries or danger to life could result from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties – or from flying debris elsewhere.

“There is a chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

“Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are possible.”

Forecasters have issued a further four warnings tomorrow.

Watch terrifying moment Aer Lingus plane lands sideways at Dublin Airport in 90kmh Storm Kathleen gusts

A yellow rain warning covers Scotland from Glasgow to Aberdeen from 1am-6pm on Tuesday.

It warned there was a chance of power cuts, flooding, and travel delays.

Then in the south wind warnings are in place for the east coast from Blackpool down to Milford Haven; the entire are east of Exeter; and the southern coast from Weymouth to Birchington.

How to stay safe in the storm

THIS is the Met Office’s advice to people in the Storm Kathleen warning zone:

Give yourself the best chance of avoiding delays by checking road conditions if driving, or bus and train timetables, amending your travel plans if necessary.

People cope better with power cuts when they have prepared for them in advance.

It’s easy to do; consider gathering torches and batteries, a mobile phone power pack and other essential items.

If you are on the coast, stay safe during stormy weather by being aware of large waves.

Even from the shore large breaking waves can sweep you off your feet and out to sea.

Take care if walking near cliffs; know your route and keep dogs on a lead.

In an emergency, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Be prepared for weather warnings to change quickly.

When a weather warning is issued, the Met Office recommends staying up to date with the weather forecast in your area.

The Met warned the coastlines would likely get battered by waves, transport nightmares are likely and electricity could get cut.

But, it’s not all bad news.

Forecaster said the weather was looking to start fining up from Wednesday.

The Met said: “Temperatures around average, possibly turning warmer and more settled in the south by Wednesday.”

Forecasters put out a map yesterday revealing where is likely to be hit by Storm Katheen this week.

A high of 20.9C was recorded at Santon Down in Suffolk, while 22.2mm of rain soaked the Isle of Harris.

Met Office’s forecast:

Today: A low pressure system arrives on Monday giving further wet and windy weather, especially for southwest England and Wales. Coastal winds combined with high spring tides can cause flooding.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday: Staying unsettled with wet and often windy weather, with only brief drier spells. Temperatures around average, possibly turning warmer and more settled in the south by Wednesday.

Friday April 12- Sunday April 21: The ongoing changeable spell of weather is likely to continue. However, by this point the focus for the rain and showers is expected to be across western and northwestern parts of the UK.

Here, rain could be heavy and prolonged at times, especially in upland areas. Further windy spells of weather are also likely, particularly in the north. Meanwhile, southern and eastern areas are likely to have some decent drier spells of weather with some good sunshine at times.

Here, whilst some rain is still likely, this probably less heavy and much less frequent than recent weeks. Near average temperatures are most likely overall, although some cooler interludes are possible at times, especially in the north.

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