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Storm Bella set to batter New Forest and Christchurch over Christmas weekend as weather warning upgraded to amber

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The area has been upgraded from yellow to amber
The area has been upgraded from yellow to amber

A WEATHER warning for strong winds this weekend has been upgraded to amber as Storm Bella is predicted to bring gusts of up to 80mph to the south coast.

forecast between 10pm on Saturday and 9am on Sunday.Met OfficeThe New Forest and Christchurch have been included in the

low-level yellow warning, the update said there was a risk of damage to buildings and flying debris causing injuries and even a threat to life.previousRaising the rating from the

The warning said: "Inland gusts of 50-60mph are likely with a few spots likely to see 60-70mph for a time. Hills and particularly coasts exposed to the south-westerly winds will see a few gusts of 70-80mph.

"In addition to the strong winds, a period of heavy, squally rain is expected and may prove an additional hazard."

Although the country is under pandemic restrictions, any travellers are likely to face delays and cancellations to road, rail, air and ferry services.

Large waves may pose a danger to coastal communities, the alert said, and there was a "good chance" of power cuts and mobile phone coverage being affected.

The affected zone runs along the south coast of England from Cornwall to Kent, and includes parts of south Wales.

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