Sunday, September 11, 2011

UK braced for 80mph hurricane gusts

"The remnants of Hurricane Katia, currently in the western Atlantic, are expected to hit Britain next week (Nasa/AP)
Damaging winds will hit northern parts of the UK on Monday as the remnants of Hurricane Katia reach British shores, forecasters have warned.

Scotland, Northern Ireland and Cumbria could see trees brought down as gusts of up to 80 mph sweep across the region.

The high winds will be accompanied by heavy rain and the Environment Agency said flood warnings may be issued in coastal areas. A flood alert - which warns that flooding is possible - remains in place at Derwent Water, Cumbria, because water levels at the lake remain high.

Paul Mott, forecaster for Meteogroup, said: "The strongest gusts are going to be over Scotland, Northern Ireland and Cumbria.

"There will be gusts up to 60 or 70 mph, locally up to 80 mph over west and north west Scotland. It is possible that it will be enough to bring down trees in Scotland and Northern Ireland, especially as they are still in full leaf so they are more likely to come down."

The high winds and rain will start to ease off in the first half of next week. "It will be over pretty quickly," Mr Mott said. "The worst of the wind will be through Monday afternoon and evening, and then the winds should start to ease through Monday night. Tuesday and Wednesday will still be windy for parts of the UK, but nowhere nearly as windy as Monday."

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for Monday, warning people in Northern Ireland, central and south west Scotland and the Highlands to be prepared.

The warning, classed as an amber alert, says: "The remains of Hurricane Katia are expected to come across the UK on Monday bringing a spell of very windy weather. There remains some uncertainty about its track and intensity, though with increasing indications that Scotland and Northern Ireland are most likely to bear the brunt.

"The public should be aware of the risk of disruption to transport and of the possibility of damage to trees and structures."

Katia is the second major hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season and was rated as a category four hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale at its peak. The scale rates hurricanes from one to five, with five being the strongest."

(Above taken from here).

Looks like the hurricane itself will miss us here in South Wales, which is good news for us... Not good news for those it will hit though! :(


Serena said...

Stay safe, Tori, and I hope the affects of the hurricane aren't as bad as predicted.

ChicagoLady said...

I'm glad it will miss you. Will hope for the best in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Rita said...

Glad you will be safe, but hope the storm dies down like Irene did over here before she hits. Keep us posted! :)

Toriz said...

Thanks all! *Hugs*

Yes, keep those in the way of it in your thoughts!

Intense Guy said...

Keep safe and dry Tori.

The hurricane season will end soon...

Toriz said...

Hopefully that will be it for the UK's hurricanes...