(Daily Mail)-  A 2,000-mile wide ‘weather bomb’ swept into Britain with 80mph winds today as Storm Gareth threatened to postpone Ladies’ Day at the Cheltenham Festival tomorrow. The racing festival in Gloucestershire has already suffered gales and washouts – hitting 250,000 racing fans attending over the four days from today until Friday, and officials now anticipate ‘challenging’ weather tomorrow.

A ‘danger to life’ warning from flying debris and waves was issued by forecasters who said Gareth – which covers a huge area from Iceland to Spain – will bring the worst period of weather since the 2018 Beast from the East. The RAC said it was ‘Black Wednesday’ for travel thanks to dangers from fallen trees, debris and floods, plus traffic jams from more accidents and road closures – with 31,000 roadside call-outs expected across the UK tomorrow. READ MORE

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