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Storm Ellen to hit Britain causing travel disruption and power cuts

by LLB Reporter
19th Aug 20 3:50 pm

Britain is to be hit with fierce winds and torrential rain on Wednesday as Storm Ellen makes landfall in the UK.

The remnants of Storm Kyle will also hit the West Country, Southern England and the Midlands 0n Wednesday afternoon.

Storm Ellen was named by Met Éireann on Tuesday evening which is forecast to hit Ireland and the UK later tonight lasting for several days.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Steve Ramsdale said, “Following the recent hot and thundery weather we are seeing a significant change to very unsettled conditions for August with an unseasonal spell of strong winds associated with low-pressure centres for the second half of the week.

“Uncertainty remains high in the intensity of these systems at this point, but we are confident in the change to a spell of much windier weather.

“Tropical air associated with a decayed tropical cyclone is being drawn towards the UK, and the marked contrast between this warm and moist air with normal North Atlantic air masses can lead to a very vigorous system.”

There could be widespread disruption to travel, debris on the roads and power cuts as trees crash across overhead lines, the Met Office have warned.

There are yellow warnings in place from 8pm tonight, as winds will reach 70mph from this evening and will remain all of Thursday and as much as 50mm of rain is predicted within six hours.

Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Matthew Lehnert added, “Along with the sometimes heavy rain, strong winds have the potential to cause impacts that are not common in August.

“With this spell of unsettled weather coinciding with trees in full leaf and a peak in the camping season, wind-related impacts are more likely at lower wind speeds compared to other times of the year, particularly across Northern Ireland where winds are forecast to be strongest.”

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