Published: December 23, 2013
Gales and torrential rain to hit Burnham area today, warns Met Office

Burnham-On-Sea residents are being warned to brace themselves for torrential rain and high winds today (Monday).

The Met Office has issued an amber warning as a spell of heavy rainfall is expected to affect the region during Monday, raising the risk of flooding.

Gale to severe gale force winds will be an added hazard, with the potential for very strong gusts across coastal areas.

"The public should be prepared for the likelihood of some significant disruption due to the combined hazards of heavy rainfall and high winds," said a Met Office spokesman.

"A deep area of low pressure will sweep an active frontal system across England and Wales on Monday. This will bring 20-40 mm rainfall quite widely, with over 60 mm likely across parts of the high ground of southern England and South Wales."

"Falling onto saturated ground, this will bring the risk of both surface water and river flooding."

"Meanwhile, south to southwesterly winds will increase with gusts 70-80 mph likely around exposed coasts. Further inland, gusts of 50-60 mph are likely through the amber area."

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