Posted: Sat 19th Feb 2022

Flintshire set for more gale force winds on Sunday and into Monday

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Saturday, Feb 19th, 2022

Following Storm Eunice’s departure out to the east late on Friday night, an unsettled weekend of weather is to come for many.

Further periods of strong winds are expected in Wales on Sunday and Monday which may cause some disruption.

A yellow warning has been issued for Flintshire, highlighting the ongoing risk of wind.

Forecasts show gusts of wind in Flintshire during the active yellow alert period could reach speeds in excess of those seen during the Storm Eunice amber alert on Friday.

During Storm Eunice the highest wind speed recorded at the Hawarden airport weather station – as used by the Met Office to gather data – reached 54mph, gusts of up to 61mph are forecast for early Monday morning.

 

 

Sunday’s yellow alert which covers is active from 12pm and runs through to Monday 3pm, the Met Office says: “Winds are likely to strengthen across England and Wales ahead of a band of rain, which itself will turn increasingly squally, as it moves southeast on Sunday afternoon.”

“Gusts of 55-60 mph are expected widely around south and west facing coasts, some of which may be more vulnerable than usual in the aftermath of Storm Eunice.”

“Some places inland may see similar strength gusts, and on the squally rain band itself, gusts potentially as high as 70 mph.”

“Blustery showers will follow with further gusts of 60-70 mph mainly confined to coastal areas in the west during Sunday evening.”

“Whilst a temporary reduction in wind speeds is likely for a time overnight into Monday, winds will again strengthen from the northwest during the morning. ”

“Gusts of 50-60 mph are probable inland, especially Wales and western/central England.”

What to expect

  • Some delays to road, rail, and ferry transport are likely.
  • Delays or restrictions for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely.
  • It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves.
  • Some damage to infrastructure and trees/branches is possible, especially where made more vulnerable by Storm Eunice.
  • Power outages are possible, and efforts to restore power to areas which have had interrupted supply in the wake of Storm Eunice are likely to be hampered.

RAC Breakdown Spokesman Rod Dennis said: “Drivers will be glad to see the back of Storm Eunice but it looks like it will have a sting in its tail with conditions on the roads remaining challenging right through the weekend.”

“With winds still strong and gusty, it’s important drivers don’t take any chances, so we urge them to slow down and leave plenty of space between themselves and the vehicle in front. ”

“It’s not just strong winds that they’ll need to contend with – roads will turn slippery in the north on Saturday, while on Sunday intense rainfall becomes a feature making driving arduous.”

“If conditions get particularly bad again, people should consider postponing their journeys, and for those who have to drive, it’s vital they keep their wits about them at all times.”

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