WEATHER: Doncaster warned to brace itself as St Jude Day storm strikes tonight

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Doncaster is warned to brace itself as 70mph winds and heavy rain is set to batter the town overnight.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for wind and rain in the area, meaning we should be aware of the forthcoming bad weather.

The St Jude Day storm, named after the patron saint of desperation and lost causes, is due to hit the region at about midnight tonight, with windy spells and persistent heavy rainfall expected until 9pm on Monday.

There is danger of surface water flooding, fallen trees and damage to buildings, potentially causing chaos in tomorrow morning’s rush hour.

A Met Office spokesman said: “A developing storm is expected to reach the UK later on Sunday and track northeastwards across England and Wales on Monday. Heavy rain and strong winds will affect many areas of England and Wales with northern parts of England and north Wales probably escaping the worst of the wind but likely to be affected by some very heavy rainfall.

“There is still some uncertainty in the timing, intensity and track of the low. However, the public should be aware of the risk of damage to trees and structures, as well as the possibility of disruption to transport and power supplies.”

Doncaster folk have been warned of the dangers of surface water flooding and insurance companies have advised householders to protect themselves and their homes.