Superstorm Charlie to Bring 100 MPH Winds More Destructive Than 1987 Great Storm

February 7, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Superstorm Charlie is bearing down on the United Kingdom, with weather forecasters predicting the storm will ultimately be more destructive than the great storm of 1987.

Charlie will bring gales of 100 miles per hour and waves of more than 50 feet, the forecasters are saying.

Laura Young, spokeswoman for the Met Office, told the Express that warnings were extended to the entire region because of the “significant impact” expected by the storm.

“We are expecting it to be pretty severe from around 8pm on Friday and then through Saturday there will be very strong gusts and heavy rain,” she said.

“There is a risk that defenses which have not already been flooded could be, with rainfall totals looking very high in areas already affected.”

Officials said in weather alerts that people should be careful if they’re traveling near the coast.

People should also not walk or drive through flooded areas, they said.

London and Cardiff are part of the area under warning.

The Royal Marines prepared villages across the southwest, building sandbag defenses.

Multiples villages, including Moorland in Somerset; and Northmoor, Fordgate, and Saltmoor were under strong evacuation orders.

Weather charts showed that the storm is at this point more intense than the hurricane of October 1987, which caused widespread damage.

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