UK weather: ‘Tornado’ rips trees from ground as yellow warning wind & rain lash Britain with more than 100 flood alerts

A ‘TORNADO’ ripped trees from the ground as fierce winds and heavy lashed the UK today with more than 100 flood alerts issued.

There has been no let up after wet and windy conditions continued to batter Brits with yellow weather warnings extended by the Met Office.

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A major road in Wales was closed after a tornado struck down trees overnightCredit: WNS
Motorists braved driving through flood water in Reading, Berks yesterday after heavy rainfall

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Motorists braved driving through flood water in Reading, Berks yesterday after heavy rainfallCredit: Rex
Brits faced flooded roads earlier this week

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Brits faced flooded roads earlier this weekCredit: ROB WELHAM / McLELLAN
Brits battled windy conditions in London earlier this week

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Brits battled windy conditions in London earlier this weekCredit: LNP
Yellow weather warnings were extended by the Met Office

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Yellow weather warnings were extended by the Met OfficeCredit: MET Office

The weather service extended yellow weather warnings for some areas of Wales, southern and western England, Northern Ireland and southern Scotland.

Blustery winds and downpours could batter parts of of Cardiff, Exeter, Portsmouth, Bath and Brighton from around 10am to 7pm.

It comes after local reports of a “mini-tornado” which ripped up trees in Powys, Wales, closing the A470.

The A470 between Builth Wells and Erwood will not reopen before Thursday afternoon, according to Powys Council.

The Met Office said that it is possible there could have been a mini-tornado in the area but could not confirm it.

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A Met Office spokesman said: “The only way we would be able to confirm it is a tornado is with any video or photography of it actually taking place.

“It is hard to confirm without any visual evidence. However, it could definitely be a possibility because of the conditions over the last 24 hours and today.

“These are the sort of conditions you could expect to see a ‘mini-tornado’ in.

“It sounds unusual for the UK but we get around 45 tornados in the country every year although these are much weaker than people think.”

The council will assess when it is safe to reopen the seafront later on Thursday.

The Met Office added that bus and train services will probably be affected with journey times taking longer.

Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are also likely as well as short-term loss of power to other services.

The Met Office have also issued a yellow wind warning for Wales running from 7pm today til the end of the day.

It said there will be a “brief spell of heavy rain and squally winds perhaps causing some transport disruption and flooding”.

In one to two hours, 10-15mm of rain is “likely to fall”, with some gusts of 50-60mph inland.

The weather service predicts there could be 1mm to 22mm of rain with 40 to 50mph gusts inland, which could rise to 60 to 70mph on exposed coasts.

The weather service warned: “A brief spell of heavy rain and strong, gusty winds perhaps causing some transport disruption and flooding.

“A narrow band of rain, heavy at times and perhaps briefly intense, will move eastwards late on Thursday morning and into the afternoon, clearing Kent during the evening.

“Ten to 15mm is likely to fall in a one-to-two-hour period, with around 20mm in a few places.”

It continued: “With saturated ground, this is likely to lead to a fair amount of surface water on roads and flooding in one or two places.

“Strong winds will be an additional hazard with gusts of 40 to 50 mph inland and perhaps briefly 60 to 70mph along some exposed coasts, especially in Cornwall, Pembrokeshire, Gwynedd and Anglesey.”

Strong winds could also hit parts of Northern Ireland, including Belfast, Newry, Londonderry and Omagh from 8am to 2pm on Thursday.

The Met Office has forecasted the showers to ease on Friday but with strong winds and rain moving in from the west through Saturday that will gradually clear from the northwest during Sunday.

However, there is some good news with conditions expected to become mild this weekend.

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