Violent gales and torrential downpours will bring chaos across the country with power and transport networks facing severe disruption.
The latest weather models show Hurricanes Lee and Maria – currently located off the east coast of the United States – merging in the mid-Atlantic Ocean to form a colossal new storm.
Both Hurricanes are currently at Category One strength as they make their way across the Atlantic. Latest GFS tracks released this morning show the projected path of the newly formed storm hitting the UK early next week.
Meteorologists fear an extremely violent post-tropical cyclone – Storm Brian – will form and head straight for the UK.
The current projected path of Storm Brian – as it will be called if it severely threatens the UK – shows it making landfall next Monday, with the churning vortex smashing first into Ireland, then mainland Britain.
Britons should brace themselves for “a bang” according to experts who warn the nation faces “significant” disruption.
Storm Brian warning: The two hurricanes are set to converge and smash into Britain
Jim Dale, forecaster for British Weather Services, said megastorm caused by Maria and Lee coming together could give rise to the UK’s second named storm of the season.
He said: “Both hurricanes are located around the northeast coast of America but we expect them to get together around Sunday.
“The jet stream is powering up and as it swings southwards towards the end of the week it will help steer the remnants of these storms towards us.
“Both of these are powerful systems and when they get caught up in the jet stream they could be given more life.”
Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Lee will get together around Sunday. The jet stream is powering up and it will help steer the remnants of these two storms towards the UK
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