Met Office weather warnings EXTENDED: Three days of gales as Storm Ellen to batter Britain

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for wind across three days as an extratropical cyclone tracks towards the UK and Ireland. Strong winds are expected today, Thursday and Friday and could cause significant disruption.

Storm Ellen is forecast to hit the UK and Ireland tonight, bringing torrential rain and fierce winds.

Several yellow weather warnings are in place, the power of Storm Ellen stemming from the remnants of Tropical Storm Kyle – which has merged with North Atlantic air masses.

The “decayed tropical cyclone” has been named by Met Eireann as Storm Ellen, and is forecast to bring 70mph winds and torrential downpours tonight.

The Met Office warns: “Strong southwesterly winds are expected to develop across much of England, Wales and southern Scotland during Friday.

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“Wind gusts of 45-50 mph are expected fairly widely inland with gusts of 55-60 mph possible around coasts and over hills.

“Winds are then expected to gradually ease during late afternoon and evening.”

Friday’s warning is the newest, and is in place from 4am that day until 6pm.

The warning areas are East Midlands, East of England, London and South East England, North East England, North West England, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, South West England, Strathclyde, Wales, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber.

Friday’s wind could cause some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport, and the Met Office warn some bus and train services may be affected, with journeys taking longer.

High-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges could also face delays, and some short term loss of power and other services is possible in the warning area.

It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities are affected by spray and/or large waves.

There could also be some damage to trees with debris on roads, given the time of year

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Steve Ramsdale said: “Following the recent hot and thundery weather we are seeing a significant change to very unsettled conditions for August with an unseasonal spell of strong winds associated with low-pressure centres for the second half of the week.

“Uncertainty remains high in the intensity of these systems at this point, but we are confident in the change to a spell of much windier weather. 

“Tropical air associated with a decayed tropical cyclone is being drawn towards the UK, and the marked contrast between this warm and moist air with normal North Atlantic airmasses can lead to a very vigorous system.”

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