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Tropical storm which battered the Caribbean has 60% chance of hitting Britain

The tropical storm which has been battering the Caribbean has a 60% chance of hitting the south of England. The remains of hurricane Bertha will head steadily towards the UK during the next few days.

Track of the storm heading towards the UK Credit: Met Office

Forecasters say it will pass over, or close to, the UK from early on Sunday after initially believing the UK was likely to stay out of its path.

While the south of England is most at risk, there is also a 30% chance the storm could pass across the north of France and just miss the UK, or possibly could hit Wales and northern UK.

Track of the storm heading towards the UK Credit: Met Office

There is still considerable uncertainty surrounding this weekend's weather, with the potential for heavy rainfall and strong coastal winds, along with large waves. However, there is a chance that the system may pass to the south of the country, or spread heavy rain even further north.

Rain and strong winds may well bring disruption, especially in the south, and people should stay up to date with the latest Met Office warnings.

– Eddy Carroll, Met Office's chief forecaster
Projected track of storm, and how it weakens as it heads to the UK Credit: National Hurricane Centre
  • The storm is moving away from the western side of the Atlantic, after hitting the Caribbean islands with gusts of more than 90 mph
  • Heavy rain is also expected in many parts of England tomorrow, bringing with it a risk of flooding

Heavy downpours, some slow-moving, bring a risk of localised surface water flooding to parts of the Midlands, the north-west and eastern areas of England on Friday.

On Sunday and Monday a combination of high spring tides and strong westerly winds brings a possible risk of flooding to the south-west coast of England and along the Severn Estuary while heavy rain may also lead to localised surface water flooding in parts of southern and central parts of England.

However, the forecast remains uncertain so we advise people to regularly check the flood risk situation over the next 48 hours.

The Environment Agency is continuing to monitor the situation closely along with the Met Office and local authorities.

– Craig Woolhouse, Environment Agency

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