‘Severe’ 70mph gales and torrential rain to bring more travel chaos

Brits could be hit by ferocious 70mph gales and driving rain today bringing more travel chaos after Storm Brendan bashed the nation yesterday.

Met Office forecasters have put in place two yellow weather warnings for wind and rain for the south and southeast of England, with strong winds and heavy downpours expected.

Portsmouth, Brighton, London, Peterborough and Norwich are among some of the major centres to be affected by the alerts, with the Met warning that "some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely".

The yellow warning for rain was put in place at 1pm on Tuesday and remains in force until 9am today, while the wind alert is set to last until 5am on Thursday morning.

As much as 1.5ins of rain could fall in the worst affected areas, while ferocious gales of up to 70mph could hit some areas of the southwest, the Met warnings state.

Forecaster Lucy Verasamy said: "Challenging conditions in the next few hours if you're having to travel, like last night.

"Heavy, substantial rain, torrential in places. Exposed spots could see gusts in excess of 50, 60, 70 mph."

The latest forecast comes just hours after Storm Brendan caused widespread disruption across the UK.

A huge section of a roof came crashing down on Slough high street after the weather system barrelled into the towns and cities across the country.

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Terrified onlookers were filmed sifting through the wreckage after winds of 70mph ripped off the roof of an entire block of flats.

Seven flights to the West Sussex airport were diverted to other locations across the UK after gales in excess of 40mph struck the area on Monday evening.

Gatwick Airport said two Wizz Air flights, four easyJet services and one Norwegian Air flight had been diverted.

One easyJet flight from Edinburgh was forced to land at Birmingham.

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