South-west London warned of 'worst storms since 1987'
Emergency services, drainage clearance crews and highway maintenance teams are all on standby amid alerts of over rain, floods and 'hurricane-speed' winds this weekend.
Meteorologists and local councils are urging people to prepare for the storm, which some forecasters are comparing to the Great Storm of 1987, currently brewing over the Atlantic.
Its full force is expected to hit the UK on Sunday night and Monday morning, when it is predicted to fell trees, damage homes and disrupt travel and power supplies.
The Met Office issued an amber weather warning for early on Monday morning in London and south-east England, which it said would be pummelled by winds of over 80mph in some areas.
Met Office senior forecaster Helen Chivers said: "Winds of that strength are damaging winds - there will be a risk of damage to homes and trees and disruption to travel.
"This is not a storm you see every winter. The storm of 1987 is one, and the Burns day storm in January 1990 is another."
Croydon Council is among the local authorites to have teams on standby.
A spokesman said: "Council services have been put on standby for the possibility of strong winds and localised flooding across Croydon on Sunday night into Monday morning.
"The authority will be working alongside utility companies and emergency services should weather conditions become severe with the aim of keeping businesses open.
"Met Office forecasts are being monitored regularly and highways maintenance and cleansing crews are being readied to deal with any problems associated with the predicted storms.
"However anybody planning to travel on Monday morning is advised to check local media reports and with public transport companies before setting out due to the possibility of disruption to both road and rail networks."
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