Storm Francis is on its way to the West Country

Another week, another named storm, and it seems as though summer is ready to make way for autumn ahead of schedule. Last week Storm Ellen brought gales, flooding and huge waves to the West Country, and this week we have Storm Francis offering something similar.

Storm Francis moving in from the Atlantic

Last night's rain gave more than 60 mm across Dartmoor, but it will clear pretty quickly today leaving strong winds with gusts of up to 70 mph, even inland. Winds look to be strongest during this afternoon and into the early evening, especially along the Bristol Channel and northern coasts.

Gusts are likely to bring disruption to travel with the Severn crossings at risk, train services and ferry crossings affected and slow road journeys. Trees and structures weakened from last week's storm may also be more likely to suffer damage, and it'll be another rough time for campers. The latest severe weather warnings are on the Met Office website.

Met Office Amber wind warning for Storm Francis
Met Office weather warning for strong wind

A gap between weather systems on Wednesday should bring some quieter weather but it looks like it'll stay windy through the morning. Please stay tuned over the next couple of days and take it easy if you are heading out across the region.

Large waves off the coast at Sennen Credit: Matt Cardy