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Warning over severe weather hitting Surrey and Hampshire

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Warning over severe weather hitting Surrey and Hampshire

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 7:23am 14th January 2020.

The Met Office is warning of severe weather later, with strong winds and heavy rain set to batter Surrey and Hampshire.

A double alert for strong winds and heavy rain will go up at around lunch time - which could mean travel disruption this afternoon and into the evening rush hour.

It is as Storm Brendan sweeps across the country after after lashing areas of Ireland with winds gusting over 80mph, leaving thousands of homes and businesses without power yesterday (January 13).

Gale force winds at Gatwick yesterday evening forced some airlines to divert flights. 

Seven flights to the airport were directed to other locations around the UK after winds in excess of 40mph struck the area.

Gatwick said two Wizz Air flights, four easyJet services and one Norweigan Air flight were diverted, while an easyJet plane from Edinburgh to Gatwick was forced to land in Birmingham.

Flight-tracking site flightradar24 said there were "strong winds and rain" at Gatwick and showed the Wizz Air flight circling before heading north.

An easyJet spokesman said: "We can confirm that as a result of adverse weather conditions affecting the UK this evening (January 13), like all airlines, we are experiencing some disruption to our flying programme.

The Met Office is warning that stronger gusts could batter the area this afternoon a yellow alert for strong winds goes up at midday through to midnight.

It is being accompanied by a yellow alert for heavy rain, from 1pm to 9am tomorrow (January 15).

The Met Office says wind speeds could reach 40-50mph (64-80kmh) inland.

It says many places will see 15 to 25 mm of rainfall with some places perhaps seeing 30 to 40 mm.

This rain could fall onto already very wet ground will likely lead to some localised flooding.

Forecasters have told people to prepare for travel delays, while coastal communities could be hit by large waves.

Surrey and Hampshire's five day forecast:

A bright and breezy start, with some isolated showers around London. Winds strengthening through the day. Becoming cloudier as heavy rain pushes in from the southwest during early afternoon. This rain will persist into the evening. Maximum temperature 14 °C.

The rain will persist through the night, and will continue into the morning. Winds remaining strong during the first half of the night, but easing for a time towards morning. Minimum temperature 6 °C.

A rainy start, with this rain eventually clearing by late morning. Afterwards, a bright and dry day will follow with plenty of sunshine. Becoming windier again. Maximum temperature 11 °C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:
Dry and bright on Thursday with strong winds. Heavy rain into the evening. Mostly bright, with isolated showers and winds easing on Friday. Dry and bright on Saturday.