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‘Weather bomb’ sparks warning as Storm Brian looks set to hit Norfolk and Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 08:39 21 October 2017

High tides batter the coastline at Ness Point, Lowestoft.
Picture: Nick Butcher

High tides batter the coastline at Ness Point, Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Wild conditions are expected to batter the coast as Storm Brian makes its way across the country.

People are being warned not to risk their safety by posing for ‘storm selfies’ as a “weather bomb” is set to bring heavy wind and rain to Norfolk and Waveney – with gusts of up to 60mph expected to hit parts of southern Britain.

Experts say the phenomenon, which is due to sweep across southern parts of Britain tomorrow morning, is caused when the central pressure in an area of low pressure falls rapidly.

With this swirling mass of low pressure churning through the Atlantic Ocean strengthening into a storm, it is forecast to smash into the UK about 4am, according to the forecaster.

A yellow Met Office weather warning for wind has already been issued, with strong southwesterly winds expected along the coast – and a “spell of strong winds” is expected in Lowestoft.

It could see gusts of up to 50mph, rain and dramatic waves hitting coastal areas – as Storm Brian is expected to bring strong winds on Saturday and Sunday to Suffolk and Norfolk as it sweeps across the UK.

A Met Office spokesman said “dramatic waves” could cause problems, and warned against anyone tempted to pose for ‘storm selfies’ along the coast.

Norwich-based forecaster Weatherquest said Norfolk’s east-facing coast is likely to get the worst of the weather.

Phil Garner, from Weatherquest, said tomorrow will begin with a “reasonably” bright start. However, showers and strong winds are forecast for much of the afternoon.

He said: “The east-facing coast could well see the strongest winds. Gusts could get up to 45mph to 50mph on Saturday evening.”

Temperatures will remain around 16C. The bad weather is likely to continue into Sunday, with gusts again reaching up to 50mph.

The yellow weather warning, valid from 4am to midnight tomorrow, includes the Norfolk coast around Great Yarmouth and all of the Suffolk coastline.

Currently no flood alerts or flood warnings have been issued for the Anglian region by the Environment Agency (EA), but EA national flood duty manager, Alison Baptiste, said: “We urge people to stay safe along the coast.”

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