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70mph winds, flooding and disruption: Families heading to coast for half term face a stormy start to their break

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Families heading to the coast this weekend for a half term break may find themselves in for a stormy start.

Waves break around the church in the harbour at Porthleven, Cornwall, during Hurricane Ophelia this week

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for the coastal areas of Wales and the south when a spell of strong winds, with gusts of up to 70mph, is expected.

Huge waves, delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport, loss of power and flooding are all expected when the storm hits in the early hours of Saturday.

A Met Office statement said: "Some coastal routes and communities are likely to be affected by large waves, with potential for flooding of properties. Some transport disruption is likely across the warning area, with delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport. Short term loss of power and other services is also possible."

The area covered by the Met Office's weather warning

A statement from the Met Office's chief forecaster said an intense low pressure system was expected to bring the swathe of strong winds over southern areas. They will move east through the morning and early afternoon.

The statement added: "Gusts exceeding 50mph are expected widely within the warning area, with gusts of around 70mph along exposed coastal areas. These are expected to coincide with high tides, leading to locally dangerous conditions."

Temperatures are not expected to get above 59F (15C) all weekend, a contrast to 72F (22C) last weekend.

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