As the UK recovers from the deadly grip of Storm Babet – a new named storm is on its way to wreak further havoc across the country.
It’s just days since the UK’s last named storm left the UK, leaving total chaos in its wake.
And now Storm Ciaran is heading Britain’s way, with forecasters scrabbling to predict what the Halloween havoc it wreak starting at 9pm this evening.
The Met Office has given its take on the furious weather set to descend across much of the country, with heavy rain and high winds predicted.
According to the Met Office’s weather tracker Storm Ciaran will feature up to 90mph gales and up to 60mm of rain when it hits on Wednesday.
The Met Office’s five day forecast says tomorrow sunny spells and showers are replaced with heavy rain and gales and that the storm “continues to spread wet and very windy weather northeastwards Thursday” with “gales or severe gales across the south for a time.”
It has issued a number of weather warnings over the storm from 9pm today (Tuesday, October 31) until Friday – with several regions under unusual ‘danger to life’ alerts.
There is a yellow weather warning for rain in Northern Ireland from 9pm this evening.
Tomorrow there is another yellow warning in place for rain from 3am in southern Scotland.
There are then three more in place for wind and rain across the southern areas of the UK, starting at 5am and continuting thorughout the day.
The storm, which was newly named earlier this week, is set to unleash hell on coastal communities in southern England on Thursday.
Warnings of amber, just one below a national emergency, come into play at 6am on Thursday – and last for 14 hours before expiring at 8pm.
Finally on Friday a weather warning is in place for rain from 6am until 6pm across the north east of England and southern Scotland.
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Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Chris Almond, said “Winds associated with Storm Ciarán are likely to gust to 80mph along the south coast of England, with a small risk of somewhere exposed seeing 90mph, and winds could even gust up to 50 or 60 mph further inland.
“This deep low-pressure system will also bring heavy rain to much of the UK, but the heaviest rain is expected in southern and western areas with 20 to 25mm quite widely across the region but up to 40 to 60mm potentially over higher ground.
“Heavy and persistent rain will fall onto already saturated ground bringing a risk of further impacts such as flooding in areas that are already struggling to clean up from the heavy rainfall we have seen over the last week or so.”
The Met Office adds that warnings will continue to be updated over the coming days, so it is important to stay up to date of warnings in your area.
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The Weather Outlook, a weather forecast website, added that it might be Halloween – but the real horror comes in the form of the raging weather.
It said: “Halloween has arrived but the real horror is likely to be in the days which follow it.
“The unsettled theme continues today with showers or longer spells of rain in places.
“However, things really step up a gear tomorrow night as Storm Ciarán arrives.
“It brings the expectation of disruption due to heavy rain and strong winds.”
It comes as Jim Dale, senior meteorologist at British Weather Services, had some strong words of advice for the storm – saying Met Office warnings should be seriously heeded.
“I have a ten point plan for dealing with storms such as this – the very first of those is to heed the warnings and not to ignore them.
“The warnings are out there for a very good reason. Ignore them then you’re a fool.
“Bottom line; don’t mess with Mother Nature. I think everyone has to become aware and plan accordingly from now on – and it won’t be over until it’s over, ready then for the next potential storm on Saturday.”
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