UK weather: 'Storm Deirdre' to SMASH Britain with 80mph GALES and flooding – Express.co.uk


Storm Deirdre could smash the UK with life-threatening winds up to 80mph this weekend. The blast will sweep in from Scandinavia and bring freezing temperatures and snowfall as it reaches the British Isles. The weather system has forced the Met Office to issue a yellow warning for wind from 5am on Friday morning until midnight the same day.

The warning read: “A deep depression will move eastwards across northern Scotland on Friday bringing widespread gales.

“Inland gusts of 50-60 mph are likely quite widely, with gusts of 70-80 mph in exposed locations across northwest Scotland.

“Heavy rainfall may be an additional hazard across parts of northern and western Scotland.”

The strong winds is also likely to bring disruption to commuters on Friday morning.

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Delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport is expected and people should prepare for journeys to take longer than usual.

Travellers have also been warned about the possibility of flying debris, damage to buildings and large waves.

Regions affected by the dangerous storm is Central, Tayside and Fife, Grampian, Highlands and Eileen Siar, Northern Ireland, Orkney and Shetland, Southwest Scotland and Stratchclyde.

The Met Office has also issued a yellow warning for rain between 1am and 9am Friday morning.

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The warning has been issued for areas in South West England and Wales.

The weather channel warns: “Spells of rain, heavy at times and accompanied by windy weather, are likely to produce 20-40 mm of rain over a period of several hours.

“Coming on top of some recent very wet weather, this rain is likely to lead to some temporary flooding impacts before the rain quickly clears early Friday morning.”

The Met Office has not officially named the raging weather system “Storm Deirdre” yet as its protocol to wait until it meets the criteria for what the Met Office consider “severe weather” when it reaches mainland.

A spokesperson for The Weather Channel said: “Based on the current forecast, it is possible that this storm will be named by the UK Met Office and Irish Met Éireann as Storm Deirdre, with high winds and surface flooding possible.”

Storm Deirdre will be the fourth storm named by the Irish Met Office this season and follow Ali, Bronagh and Callum, which all hit the UK between September and October earlier in 2018.

Storm Ali killed two people in September after winds of up to 100mph lashed UK and Ireland.

The storm also led to thousands of homes without power, overturned lorries and five hundred cruise passengers stranded in Greenock.



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