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BRITAIN’S worst storm for almost three decades will bring the nation to a standstill with power cuts and traffic chaos, experts warned last night.
Hurricane-force winds of up to 100mph – strong enough to uproot trees, cause severe structural damage and tear down power lines – are expected to hit the UK on Sunday night or Monday morning.
As forecasters warned that Britain faces a “historic” storm, the Met Office issued a level-2 amber warning for strong winds along the south coast.
Met Office forecaster Helen Chivers said: “We are looking at a storm similar to the Burns Day storm in January 1990 which saw wind speeds of 92mph.”
Burns Day Storm
A rapidly deepening low tracked from Ireland across northern England/southern Scotland on the morning of the 25th such that by 12z the low, with a central pressure of around 950mb, was centred close to Newcastle. The highest gust from the storm was 108 mph, recorded at Aberporth in western Wales, whilst a 100m high crane in Birmingham city centre recorded a gust of 100mph. Gusts typically reached 70-80mph across the Midlands, where there is a return period of 50-100 years for gusts of this magnitude, and 80-100mph on the south coast of England. Many places had two peaks in the wind - the first associated with south-westerly winds on and just behind the cold front and the second associated with west to north-westerly winds which affected many place as the low began to move away from the UK (McCallum 1990)
reply to post by Biigs
forget the brolly get your kite out,just make sure it is extra heavy duty....edit on 25-10-2013 by hopenotfeariswhatweneed because: (no reason given)
Ladies and Gents, make no mistake about this storms potential. I don't usually conform to reading the Express, especially regarding weather info.
To explain in "layman's" terms, a Jet Stream (pretty strong) 180mph+ is heading towards the UK and France. With the moist tropical marine air mass currently over the UK, the approaching change in air mass could create a very deep depression. I wouldn't quite go with "worse than 1990" storm but it certainly has the potential to create a bit of havoc for around 6-8 hours. Not the 48 as expressed in the Express...
The main areas at the moment that could be worst affected as the southern counties of England, especially Essex and Kent and the Channel Islands. This may never hit the UK as it could hit France.
Stay tuned to the weather forecasts as this low pressure wont show its true strength until around 12 hours out.
If it does deepen as forecast be prepared for falling trees, power cuts and flooding (possibly coastal flooding).
Us up in Scotland and the North of England wont get in on the action at the moment but it is the beginning of the winter season and if the long range forecasts are to be believed (pinch of salt at the moment) we could be in for all kinds of record breaking weather this year!
reply to post by semperfortis
Oooh not sure, this could be the time when we finally get blown across the north sea to go hang out with Denmark. Bonus is at least then we will be further from the French!!