Weather warnings of hurricane-strength winds in Britain on Monday have been extended to other parts of England.
The Met Office's amber alert of high winds in southern Wales and southern England now includes much of the Midlands, the East, London, the South East and South West.
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The national weather says: "A developing storm is expected to reach the UK later on Sunday. This is expected to run northeastwards, probably across England and Wales, with very strong winds on its southern and western flanks.
There is the potential for gusts of 60-80 mph quite widely and locally over 80 mph, especially on exposed coasts, both in southwesterly winds ahead of the low centre and west to northwesterly winds behind it."
People have been warned of the risk of damage to buildings, falling trees and flooding.
On its website, the Met Office said: "A very intense low pressure system is forecast to run northeastwards across the country early on Monday, bringing the potential for an exceptionally windy spell of weather for southern parts of the UK. At the same time, persistent, heavy rain could cause some surface water flooding.
"There is some continuing uncertainty in the timing, intensity and track of the low. However, the public should be prepared for the risk of falling trees as well as damage to buildings and other structures, bringing disruption to transport and power supplies."
Meanwhile, Chief Forecaster Leon Brown of The Weather Channel tells AOL Travel: "Gusts of 70 to 90mph still look a high risk with structural damage possible. The strongest winds will only last two or three hours and will transfer quickly eastwards during the day. Central England and East Anglia may see a spell of gale force winds from the west in the afternoon with gusts of 60 or 70mph.
"The storm will also bring some heavy precipitation with between 25 to 40mm expected over the south-west, Wales and northern England. Since the ground is near saturated in these western areas there will be a risk of local flooding."
Mr Brown advises to "be prepared for the worst" although the timing and track may still change.
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