Yellow weather warning issued ahead of Storm Eleanor
Tuesday 2nd January 2018 @ 12:01 by Lee Wild
News Tameside

The Met Office is warning of gusts of up to 80 miles per hour as Storm Eleanor gets set to batter the region tomorrow morning (Wednesday 3 January).

Spells of “intense rainfall” and strong winds are expected as a deepening area of low pressure comes in from the west.

The strong winds and rains are expected to cause problems on the transport network, particularly on more exposed routes.

The yellow weather warning comes with a low probability but a medium impact and could include:

  • Injuries and danger to life from flying debris.

  • Some structural damage, such as slates dislodged from roofs.

  • Transport routes and travel services affected. Longer journey times expected. Disruption to road, rail, air and/or ferry transport.

  • Closure of some susceptible and key routes (e.g. some vulnerable bridges)

  • Interruptions to power and/or other utilities and services.

  • Casualties and danger to life from large waves/beach material being thrown onto coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities

The chief forecaster for the Met Office said: “A deepening area of low pressure, now named Storm Eleanor, will track east across the centre of the UK. This will bring gales and severe gales to Northern Ireland and northern England late on Tuesday and overnight, clearing eastern England during Wednesday morning.

“The strong winds may clip southern Scotland, with continued uncertainty in the northern extent. Further south, severe gales affect western and southern coasts this evening and overnight, with a very squally feature bringing a short spell of intense rainfall and very strong gusts to some inland localities.

“Wednesday daytime sees a very blustery day, with squally gusts accompanying showers in many areas. Throughout this period, gusts of 60-70 mph are likely along exposed coasts, with the more exposed locations seeing gusts close to 80 mph. Inland gusts exceeding 60 mph are possible.”

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