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Met Office issues amber weather warning as Storm Bella approaches with 70mph winds

An amber weather warning for wind has been issued by the Met Office for Wales on Boxing Day as Storm Bella hits the country.

A yellow weather warning for wind for the whole country has already been issued by the weather agency for Saturday and Sunday.

The amber warning for wind is in place for the south coast of England and south Wales.

The drastic weather has resulted in the Met Office naming it Storm Bella with gusts of wing between 60-70 mph in some locations.

A statement from the Met Office said: “After a relativity calm and cold day on Christmas Day, conditions across the UK will turn increasingly unsettled through Saturday 26 December and into the 27 December with strengthening winds and heavy rain moving in from the north.”




Deputy Chief Meteorologist Tony Wardle, said: “Conditions will turn very unsettled after Christmas day, with a large area of low pressure sweeping across the UK from Boxing Day. Very strong winds will impact much of England and Wales, with particularly strong gusts on south west facing coasts.

“Heavy rain will also move in from the north, with heavy downpours through the afternoon in Scotland and Northern Ireland moving south across England and Wales overnight. This will be a notable change from the calmer conditions over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so take extra care and stay up to date with the latest forecast.”

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The new weather warning for wind is in place from 10pm on Saturday 26 until 9am on Sunday 27.

The disruptive weather will hit parts of the south and southeast of England and south Wales.

Conditions are expected to be more settled on Christmas Day itself.

“Storm Bella will bring disruption to travel and utilities over parts of south and southeast England and south Wales,” the Met Office warns.


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The weather agency said to expect longer journey times and cancellations to travel services wioth some roads and bridges likely to close.

It also warned against damage to buildings such as tiles blown from roofs.

“Injuries and danger to life is likely from large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties.

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

Areas that will likely be affected include Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea and the Vale of Glamorgan.

The warning comes as a number of homes and properties in south Wales were hit by flooding less than 48 hours before Christmas Day.

You can follow live updates on the flooding as the clean up begins here.

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