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Weather warning for wind as Kent set to be battered by gales and heavy rain

Ferries from Dover have been delayed due to high winds as an Atlantic "weather bomb" is expected to hit the UK over the next few days.

Services on DFDS Seaways and P&O Ferries out of the port are affected by delays of up to two hours during the high winds.

It comes as some parts of the country are set to be hit with a so-called "weather bomb" - a deep low pressure system heading eastwards - in the next few days. 

Strong gales are set to hit Kent, in particular along coastal areas. Stock image
Strong gales are set to hit Kent, in particular along coastal areas. Stock image

Gales of more than 70mph could hit Kent by the end of this week, as forecasters put the county under a weather warning for rain.

Huge swathes of the country could face strong winds or even severe gales on Thursday and Friday.

A band of heavy rain will also push south east throughout the day on Thursday, it's predicted.

Some coastal areas, particularly along the English Channel coast, could see large waves and spray overlapping the shore.

Gusts could hit around 70mph, with pundits forecasting disruption to travel and perhaps power supplies.

But Met Office experts warn the situation is "dynamic" and early predictions could change before the end of the week.

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