Posted: Mon 18th Dec 2023

Met Office alert: Travel disruptions expected amidst windy weather

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Dec 18th, 2023

The Met Office has issued a yellow wind warning affecting a broad swath of the UK, including Flintshire

The alert, effective from early Thursday, points to a high likelihood of strong winds causing disruptions across various sectors, including travel and infrastructure.

The national weather agency anticipates that overnight Wednesday into Thursday, strong west to northwesterly winds will develop across large parts of the country.

The warning is in place from 12am Thursday to 11.59m on Thursday.

While average gusts are expected to peak between 50-60 mph, certain areas, particularly exposed coastlines and regions east of high ground, may experience gusts as high as 70-80 mph.

The Met Office’s warning underlines several potential impacts:

  • Travel disruptions due to affected road, rail, air, and ferry services.
  • Possible damage to buildings, including tiles blown from roofs.
  • Risk of power cuts and consequent effects on services like mobile phone coverage.
  • Danger from large waves and beach material on coastal fronts.
  • Risk of injury from flying debris.
  • Possible closure of roads and bridges.

Residents in affected areas are advised to prepare by securing loose items such as bins, garden furniture, and trampolines.

Travelers should check road conditions and transport timetables, adjusting plans as necessary.

In coastal areas, the Met Office advises caution due to large waves, recommending staying informed about the latest weather updates. Residents should be aware of their surroundings, particularly when walking near cliffs, and keep dogs on a lead. In case of an emergency, contacting the Coastguard is advised.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “Overnight Wednesday into Thursday, strong west to northwesterly winds are likely to develop across a large swathe of the country.“

“Quite widely winds are expected to peak with gusts reaching 50-60 mph, however in some locations, such as exposed coastlines, plus over and to the east of high ground there is a chance that gusts of 70-80 mph may be seen in some populated places.”

“The exact areas and timing of the peak wind gusts speeds are yet to be fully determined, with a chance that this event could continue into Friday for some areas too.”

Wide-Reaching Effects

The warning covers several UK regions including Central, Tayside & Fife, East Midlands, East of England, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar, North East England, North West England, Northern Ireland, Orkney & Shetland, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, Strathclyde, Wales, West Midlands, and Yorkshire & Humber.

 

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