SATURDAY could see the worst weather in decades with possible gusts of up to 150mph and 75 foot waves, forecasters are warning.
The image above shows the massive swirling storm hovering to the west of Britain.
It strikes tonight and will not relent until Sunday, with more bad weather from Tuesday onwards.
— Met Office (@metoffice) February 7, 2014
There are fears of structural damage from the high winds which the Met Office has said will be as strong as 80mph, but some forecasters have said could reach 150mph at times, and flooding from the strong and powerful waves.
The Met Office has put out an amber alert for wind and a yellow alert for rain from 9pm tonight, until 6am on Sunday.
It says large waves are expected to affect south west facing coasts.
A Met Office spokesman said: “A short period of southerly gales on the forward side of an occluded front will affect exposed coastal areas with gusts of 60mph likely in places.
“The deep area of low pressure will move east into Northern Ireland during Saturday, with a band of severe gales likely to develop on the southern flank, with parts of southwest England, Wales and coastal districts bordering the Bristol Channel and English Channel bearing the brunt of the strongest winds, particularly through Saturday afternoon and evening.
“These winds will also whip up large waves over the eastern Atlantic which will affect southwest facing coasts during Saturday. The very strong winds are expected to last into Sunday morning for many parts.”
Another spokeswoman urged people to stay away from coastal areas.
“Surfing websites who were previously heralding the huge waves have now fallen in line with us in the message, which is 'people could potentially die, stay away’,” she said.
Snow could also fall over some parts of Wales and Scotland.
— Derek Brockway (@DerekTheWeather) February 7, 2014
— Fido (@fido_bedo) February 7, 2014
Winds are set to pick up to 50-60mph again on Tuesday with a yellow alert for rain.
— magicseaweed (@magicseaweed) February 6, 2014