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Storm Aileen expected to bring very strong gusts of wind to Flintshire


Storm Aileen, the first storm to be named since the new season names were released last week will bring strong winds to Flintshire as well as other parts of north Wales, the north west of England and central England.

A deepening area of low pressure will bring very strong winds across much of England and Wales during Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.

An Amber National Severe Weather Warning is in place, warning of gusts of 55-65 mph in parts of Flintshire, gusts up to around 75mph could also be possible in exposed locations such as the coast and hills.[/vc_column_text][vc_cta h2=”AMBER WARNING / WIND: Between 12am and 6am Wednesday 13th” shape=”square” style=”3d” add_icon=”top” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-exclamation-triangle” i_color=”custom” i_on_border=”true” i_custom_color=”#f4791a”]Storm Aileen will bring a brief spell of very strong westerly winds with gusts of 65-75 mph during the early hours of Wednesday.

Longer journey times by road, rail and air are looking likely, with restrictions on roads and bridges. Damage to trees and perhaps buildings, as well as power cuts are expected.

Flying debris and large coastal waves are possible, and these could lead to injuries.

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The worst of the winds, with gusts to 65-75 mph, are expected to be across North Wales, southern parts of Northern England, the North Midlands and Norfolk, for which area a separate Amber warning is being issued.

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Met Office Chief Forecaster Frank Saunders said:

“Storm Aileen is expected to bring strong winds of up to 75mph to a central segment of the UK and an Amber weather warning has been issued.

As well as the strong winds, there will be some heavy rain pushing eastwards overnight which could see accumulations of 30-40mm.

The low-pressure system that is bringing these strong winds will move fairly swiftly from west to east over the UK and although there will still be some disruption through Wednesday morning, the winds will ease by the afternoon leaving a day of blustery showers.”

Richard Leonard, road safety spokesperson said:

“We’re encouraging drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before setting off on journeys, with strong winds expected from Tuesday evening until Wednesday morning.

In high winds, there’s a particular risk to lorries, caravans and motorbikes so we’d advise drivers of these vehicles to slow down and avoid using exposed sections of road if possible.”

Police in Cheshire have issued a warning Inspector Richard Rees said;

“Thankfully the worst of Storm Aileen is set to hit Cheshire during the early hours of Wednesday morning, which should minimise the impact of the disruption.

However, with winds expected to reach 75mph, fallen trees and power lines are likely, which may result in road closures.

Therefore I would advise all motorists to allow extra time for their journey on Wednesday morning and take extra care while travelling.”

As Storm Aileen clears out eastwards into the North Sea, the UK will be left with cool showery conditions through the end of the week and into the weekend.

Animated model of Aileen arriving from the west.

The showers will still be blustery on Thursday with the winds easing as we get closer to the weekend.

Within the showers there will be some periods of brightness although it will still feel cool across the whole of the UK with top temperatures only reaching 18-19°C

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