Tornado warning issued as Storm Ciara batters UK with ’60mph winds’

Weather experts have forecast strong winds and issued a tornado warning ahead of Storm Ciara bringing 100mph gusts to Britain.

Hailed as the worst storm in the last seven years, powerful Storm Ciara is posing threat to life and injury in some parts of the country due to flying debris.

Heavy rain could cause flooding in certain areas, including homes and train tracks, while widespread gales could result in tiles blown from rooftops.

An amber weather warning is in effect covering huge swathes of Britian.

And Tom Defty, chief meteorologist at the Essex Weather Centre, warned there could even be tornados.

He said: "Squall lines are expected to develop during Sunday afternoon/evening (England and Wales) which will lead to localised stronger gusts and risk of tornadoes."

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Met Office chief meteorologist Frank Saunders said: "Storm Ciara will bring damaging winds and heavy rain across the UK this weekend and we have issued a range of severe weather warnings giving people time to prepare for potential impacts of the storm.

"Winds will increase through Saturday across Northern Ireland, Scotland, northern England and Wales, before turning very windy across the rest of UK through the early hours of Sunday morning.

"Gusts of 50 to 60 mph are expected quite widely across inland areas, with even stronger gusts of 80mph or higher along coastal areas."

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Airlines have cancelled both domestic and international flights as as strong gales approach major cities.

Heathrow Airport announced plans to 'consolidate' Sunday's flight schedule to minimise the number of flights cancelled.

British Airways is offering flexible rebooking options for all customers flying to and from London Heathrow, London Gatwick and London City today.

Virgin Atlantic has cancelled 17 flights regarding the adverse weather conditions.

For full information on staying safe during the storm, visit the Met Office website here.

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