Gusts up to 60mph to hit Britain as Storm Helene approaches

Charlene Craig
September 17, 2018

Ireland's national forecaster, Met Eireann, has already issued one weather warning ahead of Storm Helene's arrival, and is expected to issue more this afternoon.

The Met Office said that the storm's exact course was uncertain but very strong winds are expected, initially for parts of southwest England and west Wales, then later southwest Scotland and the southeast...

The warning means there could be damage to trees, with the possibility of large branches falling, and 'some disruption to transport'.

Storm Helene is set to hit the United Kingdom on Monday, bringing gale-force winds which have forced the Met Office to issue a yellow weather warning.

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The remnants of the hurricane, now downgraded to tropical storm strength, are forecast to impact the Irish coast with powerful gusts and heavy rain from Monday evening. Winds will reach in excess of 110kph in all Orange warning areas, with winds up to 110kph likely in those areas under a Yellow weather warning.

Some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer.

Some short term loss of power and other services.

Meteorologist at the Met Office Emma Smith said: "Helene is moving up from the Atlantic towards us".

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"High gusts in the 50s or low 60s mph area also possible over high ground in northern England during the early hours of Tuesday".

"Areas of low pressure containing what's left of Storm Helene will still provide moisture and energy which will impact the United Kingdom quite a bit as we go into the early part of next week".

In the coming days the isobars will squeeze together, while gales form in places, resulting in some heavy downpours in northern and western parts of the UK.

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