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Storms set to batter the South this week

Stormy weather that battered northern England and Scotland is set to head south this week, forecasters have warned.

As parts of the country recover from the damage inflicted by 135mph winds, forecasters have warned that winds could reach 100mph in the South tomorrow.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for strong winds and heavy rain tonight, with the South-east expected to be badly affected. Strong winds and gales are forecast to continue into tomorrow across Northern Ireland and the southern half of Britain.

Aisling Creevey, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, predicted winds of between 80mph and 100mph. "There's a system coming through on Tuesday and again on Thursday – it looks as if they will be two stormy days," she said.

The Met Office warned that strong winds and heavy rain could bring a risk of flooding in the South-west. A Met Office spokesman said: "The public are advised to monitor forecasts to keep up to date with this warning."

Hundreds of homes in Scotland were without power yesterday in freezing conditions, as engineers struggled with roads blocked by wind-borne debris. Temperatures fell to -7.6C (18.4F) in Drumnadrochit in the Highlands, and to -1.5C (29.3F) in the urban centre of Glasgow.