Savage 70mph winds, hail and thunder to batter Britain from TODAY

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The Midlands could be battered by more strong winds and torrential downpours overnight.

Gusts of over 100kph are expected in parts of the country today, as a status yellow wind warning has been issued by Met Eireann.

"In high winds, there's a particular risk to lorries, caravans and motorbikes so we'd advise drivers of these vehicles to slow down and avoid using exposed sections of road if possible".

When asked whether there was any connection, the Met Office tweeted: "There are no links between Irma and the weather we are experiencing in the United Kingdom at the moment".

The likelihood of homes and businesses being affected by any flooding is low, the Met Office says.

"Isolated gusts over 50 miles per hour are possible across the western coast of Wales as well as the southwestern coasts of England".

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"Low pressure will be in charge with winds really picking up on Sunday night into Monday possibly causing some issues for rush hour".

Government forecasters warned the Borders of travel disruption including to roads, rail lines and planes, plus power cuts and floods.

Strong winds and stormy weather are set to batter the capital this week.

It will track eastwards across the country from Galway to Dublin, with very strong winds affecting the coastal counties of the southwest, south and possibly parts of the east coast later.

Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden added: "We are expecting a period of autumnal weather this week which will bring some unsettled and windy conditions for many".

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