Storm Francis triggers 80mph winds amid Met Office ‘danger to life’ warning

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Record-breaking 80mph winds have been recorded, marking the windiest August windspeed for England and Wales.

The unseasonably strong winds and heavy rain have disrupted travel for many Brits and triggered safety warnings.

In the Isle of Wight at around 1pm, a wind speed of 78mph was recorded at the Needles.

Along with this, BBC weather reports at Mumbles, in the Gower Peninsula a speed of 63mph was recorded.

Today the Met Office is warning of a "danger to life" as Storm Francis moves across the UK.

Large swathes of the UK will be under yellow and amber weather warning for wind and rain as the deep Atlantic low-pressure system continues to head eastwards, having arrived on yesterday morning.

Chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said "Storm Francis arrived early on Tuesday morning, bringing another spell of wet and windy weather for the UK over the next few days.

"Wind speeds this strong are unusual during August and may come as a surprise to people spending time outdoors trying to catch the last few days of summer.

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"A number of severe weather warnings have been issued and these warnings can be updated regularly so please keep up to date with the latest Met Office forecast."

This comes as homes have been flooded, trees have fallen, rail lines blocked and campers rescued, with forecasters warning of further disruption yet to come.

The Met Office issued an amber warning for very strong winds across most of Wales and central England between 2pm and 5pm today.

Various spots in England and Wales have seen their highest ever gusts of wind broken for August, according to the weather authority.

Preliminary record gusts of 74mph have been recorded at Lake Vyrnwy in Powys, Wales – the strongest August wind speed here since 1994.

The Met Office has named the latest gales Storm Francis and issued a danger to life warning.

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