Hurricane Bertha expected to batter south coast

Windy weather in Portsmouth earlier this year. 'Picture: Chris Bond
Windy weather in Portsmouth earlier this year. 'Picture: Chris Bond

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SOUTH coast residents are bracing themselves for Hurricane Bertha, which is expected to make landfall tomorrow.

The Met Office has predicted Portsmouth will face heavy showers and thunderstorms for most of the day and winds of up to 30mph, peaking around midday.

Met chief meteorologist Eddy Carroll said it was still unclear just how much of an impact the hurricane, which wreaked havoc in the Caribbean earlier this week, would have.

He said: ‘There is still considerable uncertainty surrounding this weekend’s weather, with the potential for heavy rainfall and strong coastal winds, along with large waves.

’However, there is a chance that the system may pass to the south of the country, or spread heavy rain even further north.

‘Rain and strong winds may well bring disruption, especially in the south, and people should stay up to date with the latest Met Office warnings.’

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