South set to escape worst of bad weather

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STRONG winds and torrential rain were due to hit most of the country today although forecasters said Portsmouth should escape the worst of it.

The tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo, which has turned into a system of low pressure as it travels across the Atlantic Ocean, was due to arrive in the UK late last night bringing with it bad weather.

Nicola Maxey, from the Met Office, said that some areas of Scotland were expected to see winds of 80mph, although the south coast was predicted to see rain and some wind with sunshine breaking through later in the day.

Mrs Maxey said: ‘Most of the UK has a warning out for winds. If you draw a line across the UK from Bristol to Norfolk, then anything above this line is due to see strong winds and there is a yellow warning in place.’

However, she said this weather was not unusual for October but it was one of the first bouts of bad weather in an unusually pleasant October.

Hurricane Gonzalo formed east of the Carribean Sea on October 12.

There were power cuts at 31,000 homes and flooding in Bermuda and Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll is providing assistance.