Uk Weather Flying Trampolines Warning As Britain Braces For 100mph Gales
Gales of up to 100mph are predicted to batter the UK starting tomorrow – and insurers have warned of the perils of FLYING TRAMPOLINES.
A rash of insurance claims related to unsecured garden trampolines smashing into properties have followed previous periods of stormy weather – with scores of pictures posted to Twitter and Facebook after gales at the end of 2013.
The Met Office has issued amber and yellow weather warnings for this weekend ahead of predicted winds that could top 100mph in exposed areas – enough to damage buildings and topple trees.
Scotland, the north of England and nortern Wales are to be the worst affected but the rest of the country is braced for winds of between 60mph and 70mph.
The predicted gale-force winds are an offshoot of a 250mph jet stream surging in from the Atlantic that is expected to hit British shores in earnest tonight with coastal communities braced for 30ft waves.
The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for stretches of UK rivers where water levels are already worryingly high.
Several major roads in the south west were flooded today including the A38 east of Plymouth, Devon, the A374 between the A39 and Embankment Lane outside Plymouth and the A3075 in Cornwall.
A Met Office weather warning has also been issued for Saturday. It says: "Another very vigorous depression is likely to develop across the Atlantic in conjunction with the very strong jet stream, passing to the north of Scotland on Saturday.
“This depression will probably be a larger system than Friday’s and the area at risk from disruptive winds may well be larger, with northern England and north Wales also at risk.”
Met Office forecaster Calum MacColl said: "It is going to bring some very windy conditions indeed pushing in. There will be some damaging winds – very severe.
"In that amber area we could see gusts of up to 100mph. That could cause a bit of damage. It is a vigorous depression.
"In the south the winds will be picking up too. It is a windy night for all. We could see some strong waves across the coastal areas. Obviously people need to take care and be vigilant."
Katie Lomas, spokesperson at Direct Line, said: “The adverse weather conditions this weekend have the potential to damage homes and cause disruption to public services so householders must be aware of this and take appropriate precautions to protect their properties.
“Any new toys in the garden that children received for Christmas could become dangerous projectiles in storm conditions so should be stored away in advance of the expected gales this weekend.
“Large waves in some coastal areas and lightening are also likely to become a hazard, so we’re reminding people to be on their guard and take simple steps like securing loose items to help keep disruption and damage to a minimum.”
Insurers also advise householders to make sure windows and doors are secure while drivers should try to avoid parking near trees if possible.
Despite the storm warnings, Met Office forecasters say temperatures will be "exceptionally mild" for the time of year, hovering at 14C to 15C in most areas.
But a colder spell is expected to follow, with snow flurries to parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland, especially on higher ground.
North west England and Wales could also be hit by snowstorms over hilly areas.
See pictures of trampolines wrecked by a previous UK storm: