The worst storm in several years was forecast to hit the U.K., bringing heavy rain, hurricane-force gusts and the expectation of flooding and transport disruption.
Prime Minister David Cameron told government agencies to ensure that contingency plans are made for transportation, schools and power supplies during the storm, which could have gusts stronger than 80 mph (128 kph), akin to those in hurricanes.
Britain does not get hurricanes due to its geographic location.
The storm is expected to move across the country and head out over the North Sea by Monday afternoon. Britain’s Met Office said it could cause widespread and severe disruption due to falling trees, power cuts and flooding.
Ahead of Sunday’s storm, Heathrow Airport warned travelers to expect delays. Rail networks canceled many trains preemptively through Monday morning, citing the high risk of trees and other debris expected to fall on train lines.