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UK storm: Met Office warns "exceptional" winds will batter Surrey

By JennySeymour  |  Posted: October 26, 2013

UK storm: Trees are expected to come down as "exceptional" winds will batter Surrey on Monday

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THE Met Office has reissued its amber warning for severe weather as storms look set to hit England on Monday.

The worst conditions will batter Surrey between midnight on Sunday and 9pm on Monday. The high winds, which could gust to more than 80mph, are likely to cause damage to buildings, bring down trees, cause power cuts and create travel chaos.

In its warning for the area today, the Met Office said: "A very intense low pressure system is forecast to run northeastwards across the country early on Monday, bringing the potential for an exceptionally windy spell for southern parts of the UK. At the same time, persistent, heavy rain could cause some surface water flooding, while the winds will lead to some very large waves around our coasts.

"There remains some uncertainty in the timing, intensity and track of the low. However, the public should be prepared for the risk of falling trees as well as damage to buildings and other structures, bringing disruption to transport and power supplies."

Drivers are being warned to expect disruption and homeowners are being reminded to tie down garden furniture and rail passengers are being warned of expected disruptions to the network on Monday.

South West Trains said today: "The risk of falling trees as well as damage to buildings and equipment is high. These conditions present risks to the railway from localised flooding, fallen trees and debris on the tracks.

"Our maintenance teams are visiting our high-risk sites over the weekend to carry out mitigation work for both flooding and fallen trees."

The storm is of the kind not seen every year, according to the Met Office.

In October 1987, the worst storm in decades, 15 million trees were lost as winds reached up to 115mph.

An update will follow on Sunday morning when the Met Office will reassess the alert.

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