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Warnings: Storm Brendan batters UK with HURRICANE force gales and WORSE on way

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STORM BRENDAN has triggered weather chaos across the UK unleashing snow, ice and hurricane force winds over parts of Britain, closing schools and wrecking train timetables – and there’s WORSE to come today with flooding of homes and businesses likely.

More weather warnings have been issued for this afternoon and tonight as another very low pressure system sweeps in, right behind Brendan, promising high winds and heavy rains across the entire country. Last night Scotland was particularly badly hit by Storm Brendan with astonishing wind speeds of 121mph measured on the Cairngorm National Park in the Highlands along with heavy snowfall. But tonight the crazy weather will switch to the south. Between 1pm today and 9am tomorrow up to 1.6in (40mm) of rain could fall – more than half the entire rain which fell in January 2017.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow and ice in parts of Scotland including Inverness, Fort William and Aviemore.

The Met Office’s statement said: “There will probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths and some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.

“Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.”

There are also yellow warnings for wind across the whole of England and Wales that will last until midnight.

And south eastern regions, including Brighton, have a yellow warning for rain in place from 1pm this afternoon until 9am tomorrow.

Met Office Meteorologist Alex Burkill said where heavy rain is expected to cause disruption in this region, while flooding of homes and businesses is “likely”.

He said: “In those areas, the ground is already saturated after what was a very wet December, and also a wet autumn, so that’s why we’re going to see some localised issues due to the heavy rainfall.

National Rail has warned travellers speed restrictions may be imposed on train routes in the worst affected areas today.

South Western Railway has also said that from 1pm, services between London Waterloo and Weymouth may not run between Bournemouth and Weymouth.

They also may not run as a separate train on that section.

Forecasters said winds of 60mph-70mph could continue to batter north-western Scotland into Tuesday as another area of low-pressure moved in behind Brendan.

Mr Burkill said: “That’s not Storm Brendan - Storm Brendan has moved northwards by this point.

“It’s not too far away so we’re still under the influence of it, but this new feature that comes in is going to bring some heavy, persistent rain across much of the UK, to be honest, with very strong winds.”

Nicola Maxey, of the Meteorological Office, said: “In the wake of Storm Brendan, we have another low-pressure system arriving from the South West.

“We are looking at wind speeds of 40-50mph inland and 60mph in coastal areas.

“On very exposed coasts and hills, winds could reach 70mph.”

Mr Burkill added the gales were much less likely to reach Monday's highs of over 80mph.

But inland areas could be hit with gusts of more than 50mph.

He said: “For many, tomorrow will actually be a windier day than today, despite the fact that today was named and tomorrow isn’t.”

Eight flood warnings and 79 alerts issued by the Environment Agency remained in place on Monday night.

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