'Saint Jude Day storm' prompts rainfall warnings in Europe

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Friday, October 25, 2013, 7:58 PM -

Warnings have been issued in parts of Europe as the "Saint Jude Day storm" moves into the UK.

Creative commons photo courtesy of Duncan/FLickr

Creative commons photo courtesy of Duncan/FLickr

The storm -- which is shaping up to be one of the worst in decades -- was named after the patron saint of desperation and lost causes.

Weather alerts have been issued in parts of England ahead of the developing system.

Wind gusts near 130 km/h are in the forecast, along with up to 60 mm of rain. The system is expected to approach Wales early Monday morning and is forecast to hit central England some time during the day.

Blustery winds will move in ahead of the storm on Sunday, followed by heavy rain during the evening.

Authorities are warning that the powerful winds could tear limbs from trees and cause structural damage to homes and businesses. Power outages may also be an issue.

Conditions are expected to taper briefly Wednesday morning followed by localized gale force winds during the day.

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