Brits are set to be battered by 80mph mph gales today as Storm Atiyah wrecks havoc across the nation.

Met Office forecasters warned that Christmas decorations could get caught up in the fierce winds and to make sure they are “secure”.

Sophie Yeomans said: “Christmas markets with loose items, loose structures, it’s one of those to check is everything secure - your Christmas lights, inflatable Santas.”

It comes as Storm Atiyah unleashes 100mph winds in Cairngorm, Scotland, and upwards of 70mph gales in western regions of Wales and England.

Yellow weather warnings are in force across most of Wales and South-West England today and will continue until Monday.

The wind warnings warn Brits in those areas may face short power cuts, damage to temporary structures and some delays on railway routes and roads.

Yellow weather warnings have been issued across the UK

Towns along the coast have also been told to brace for high waves and flooding.

But, Brits have been warned the horrendous conditions will continue into next week with another storm set to become the second one named in just three days.

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Met Office forecaster Steve Keates added: “Autumn hardly saw strong winds - but now the weather’s making up for it. Atiyah has very big waves and 80mph gusts possible in exposed parts of the South-West, with 50mph gusts in the East.

“It’s a watching brief regarding naming that storm. We’re confident warning will be issued, with power outages possible.

“A second low-pressure area on Tuesday could be stronger than Atiyah in terms of gusts. It’s a watching brief regarding naming that storm. We’re confident warnings will be issued, with power outages possible.”

The Met Office said Storm Atiyah would crash into the country today

While the Met Office is holding off naming it, the weather agency could call it Storm Brendan if it triggers amber weather warnings .

The miserable conditions could affect turnout on Thursday when the nation goes to the polls for the general election.

It has been feared that harsh gales or even snow could hit the UK as the country votes for its next Parliament.