Weather chaos: Heavy rain leaves hundreds of homes without power across UK - Met Office issues THREE DAYS of flood warnings... with 75MPH gales on way

Issues affected homes in Worksop in the East Midlands; Newport, Wales; and Newquay in Cornwall

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National grid power cuts plunged hundreds of thousands of households across England and Wales into darkness this morning, with the Met Office issuing warnings for three days of potential floods.

Issues affected homes in Worksop in the East Midlands; Newport, Wales; and Newquay in Cornwall.

Power was restored to the affected areas within hours of it being marked as an issue.

A National Grid spokesperson said: “All of those three outages have now been resolved and supplies restored. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

It comes as some homes and businesses could be flooded in parts of the UK on Tuesday, according to forecasters.

The Met Office has issued three yellow warnings for “persistent heavy rain” throughout the day covering much of Wales, north-west England, and south-west Scotland, while a yellow warning for “strong winds” covers the Northern Isles.

Rain is expected to continue affecting the UK in the coming days
Rain is expected to continue affecting the UK in the coming days

Two yellow rain warnings – one stretching from Cardiff to Bangor and another covering Lancashire and southern Cumbria – will remain in place until 8pm.

A third yellow warning for rain covers south-western and central Scotland, including Glasgow and Stirling until 7pm.

Today will not be see the last of the torrential conditions, with the threat of flooding carrying over to tomorrow.

The Met Office have issued several warnings
The Met Office have issued several warnings

The Met Office predict "further rain and strong winds" will affect the UK tomorrow, before moving in a northeasterly direction across Thursday.

Forecasters are anticipating unsettled conditions over the next couple of weeks, with longer bouts of rain anticipated.

Northern Scotland could be set to experience gusts of up to 75mph, according to the forecaster, who say damaging gales are set to hammer coastal areas.

Those planning to travel on local ferry services are likely to face severe disruption.

Experts have also issued warnings for those in coastal communities, as they may be affected by spray or large waves.

“A brief spell of very strong winds will affect the north of Scotland, affecting parts of the Western Isles first then moving eastwards overnight, whilst moderating from the west,” the forecast states.

“Gusts of 60-70mph are likely over Lewis and Harris this evening, then winds are likely to peak across the north coast of mainland Scotland and the Northern Isles overnight, with gusts 70-75 mph.”