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'Vigorous' storm warning for UK
A car in a flood
Forecasters are warning of some flash flooding in the Midlands
A "vigorous" autumn storm will bring severe gales of up to 75mph (120km/h) to England this weekend, forecasters have warned.

The high winds are expected to move from southern and eastern areas northwards towards Lincolnshire.

The worst of the weather is predicted to hit England at 0300GMT on Saturday, but will have died down by 0900GMT.

The brewing storm could disrupt transport and power supplies, the Met Office has said.

"Gusts to this strength are infrequent across the southeast and likely to lead to disruption to transport and power supplies," the Met Office said in a statement.

A spokesman added that there was also the potential for high waves which could reach seafront parades and promenades.

Parts of the Midlands have also been warned to expect flooding.

The BBC's Weather Centre said the gusts, which are expected to reach between 65mph (105km/h) and 75mph (120km/h), should die out by 0900GMT on Saturday.

But it will remain blustery throughout the UK, a spokesman said.

Mariners warned

The Coastguard Agency has also issued a severe weather warning to mariners all around the UK.

It also warned against wave watching from promenades or piers because of the increased risk of being swept into the water.

People are being advised to watch weather forecasts and to ensure they plan well for any weekend activities.

The Highways Agency is advising motorists to take extra care.

"Drivers should follow the advice on signs at locations vulnerable to high winds, slow down and pull over at the next safe stopping place during severe winds," a spokesman said.

The warnings have come after Britain enjoyed the warmest extended summer period on record.

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