Met Office releases yellow weather warning as 76mph gale-force winds batter UK as Brits brace for floods and HAIL | The Sun

A TRAVEL warning has been issued with heavy rain sparking flood alerts – as the Met Office says thunder and hail could batter parts of the UK.

A flurry of strong winds will hit the Scottish Highlands & Eilean Siar and Strathclyde regions the hardest.

Severe gales developed overnight in north-west Scotland, with gusty winds elsewhere throwing showers in from the West.

A slew of disruptions are expected, delaying road, air and ferry transports.

The Met Office said: "Some delays to road, air and ferry transport are likely.

"Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely.

"It’s (also) likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves."

76mph wind gusts have already pummelled the Outer Hebrides island of South Uist.

Taking to Twitter, the Met Office doubled down on its yellow weather warning, encouraging all to take care when leaving home.

They posted: "Please take care if you are travelling and stay #WeatherAware."

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Happily as we move into the afternoon, those hazardous winds will begin to dwindle.

The Met Office reported: "Southerly winds are expected to strengthen overnight with gusts of 60-70 mph likely across the Hebrides and western parts of Highland during Sunday morning. Winds will then ease through the early afternoon."

There are also 29 flood warnings in place for England, 12 in Scotland and three in Wales.

Hail and thunder are expected in the south and west of England as temperatures reach highs of 8C.

It follows a spate of floodings in the Somerset Levels earlier in the week.

The coastal plain was submerged after heavy rainfall over the festive period, blocking roads to the nearby village of Muchelney.

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