Storm Gareth, named by Irish forecaster Met Eireann today, is expected to batter the UK on Tuesday, bringing strong winds and heavy rain to large swathes of the country.
A meteorological process called “explosive cyclogensis” is causing the Atlantic storm to deepen rapidly into what some forecasters dub a “weather bomb”.
Met Office forecaster Bonnie Diamond said: “’Explosive cyclogensis’ is seeing the Atlantic storm deepen rapidly.
“We expect structural damage to buildings, trees blown down, large waves on coasts and possible power cuts. People should be aware of warnings.
“Gusts of 70-80mph and possibly 90mph over higher ground are forecast, highest in western Scotland.”
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