VIOLENT 100mph gales will blast Britain in the next 24 hours as a powerful Atlantic jet stream sparks a series of severe storms.
Storm Abigail is due to hit tonight with the Met Office warning of violent gales as the first storm of the season hits.
Storm Abigail has the potential to cause disruption across northern parts of the country into Friday morning, it said.
The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for wind across the region with 100mph gusts likely to cause disruption.
Met Office chief meteorologist Eddy Carroll said: “There remains some uncertainty regarding the exact extent and timing of strongest winds but current forecasts suggest that this storm could have some medium impacts such as disruption to transport and so a warning has been issued and the first storm has been named as Abigail.”
Police confirmed they recovered the body from a Cumbrian river just hours after a man was reported missing on Tuesday.
Witnesses saw a vehicle plunge into the River Kent in Kendal just last night before a man was spotted struggling to climb out.
Police warned people to stay away from the region as bad weather led to crumbling river banks and rising water levels.
Forecasters warn violent storms will rage through this week before a new threat comes from “blizzards” at the end of the week.
Temperatures are about to plummet to -3C as a bitter Arctic blast brings heavy wintry showers to parts of the country.
The cold snap this weekend will come as an added shock to the system following highs of 18C (64F) over the next couple of days.