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Staffordshire Moorlands warned to brace itself as a huge storm gets ready to hit at the weekend.

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: October 24, 2013

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STAFFORDSHIRE Moorlands has been warned to prepare itself for the worst storm in more than two decades this weekend.

The storm, which will hit the district and the surrounding area on Sunday, is forecast to bring winds of 90 miles per hour and around 30 millimetres of rain.

Weather watchers are warning that conditions could be even more severe than the storm of 1987 which caused chaos across the country.

And to make matters worse the atrocious weather is expected to arrive just in time for the start of the half-term holidays.

The weather front, which has been named the St Jude Storm, is sweeping in from the Gulf of Mexico and across the Atlantic.

The weather front is expected to pick up pace as it heads towards the South West of the country.

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VIDEO FORECAST: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne3rDk1XM5M Stormy weather on the way

The storm has been named after the patron saint of desperation and lost causes and is expected to hit some time on Sunday or in the early hours of Monday.

And there is little cheer in sight in the near future with heavy rain predicted for much of next week.

Leon Brown, from The Weather Channel, said: “These winds may bring down trees and cause structural damage, so batten down the hatches. There will also be some heavy rain with 15 to 30mm likely as the low pressure system moves rapidly east.

“The detail and timing may yet change since the storm has 5000 miles to develop and spin up.

"We could also see double the amount of rain fall that we normally see for the entire of the month, increasing the risk of flooding in areas which are already saturated.”

The Environment Agency has also warned of flooding early next week.

The only bright note is that temperatures are expected to stat higher than normal for the time of the year.

Flash flooding has already caused chaos in Cardiff this week, while a tornado on Hayling Island in Hampshire damaged nearly 100 roofs on Sunday.

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