UK weather: Violent gales to smash UK in hours as remains of powerful hurricane hit


Scotland and northern England come power outages and travel mayhem as ex-hurricane Lee swipes the region.

Western Britain and surrenders of Wales battened down the hatches this morning as the first posters of the storm arrived.

Warm air associated with Hurricane Lee has been picked up by a fall low-pressure system edging towards the UK.


Strong gusts from the remains of an Atlantic hurricane will batter swathes of the UK from tonight

This leave move northwards towards Scotland over the next 24 hours kindling rush-hour chaos tomorrow morning.

The full force of Lee was initially frightened ofed to strike today unleashing gales and torrential downpours down the west glide.

The Met Office has since removed a severe weather warning for the region after it emerged  the meaning would be lower than expected.

However alerts are still in position through tomorrow when damaging gales and heavy rain browbeat to hammer the north.

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: “Low compel is now in charge of the weather.

“The remainders of Lee have been taken up by a separate low-pressure system we are keeping our recognitions on.

“We have already had gale-force gusts around the western coasts of Scotland, northern England and Wales and it on stay windy and drizzly through the day.”

Stormy weather will pick up tonight with increases of 70mph forecast across Scotland and the north tomorrow, he added.

He warned much of the sticks will be grey, wet and windy before the remnants of a second ex-hurricane – Maria – hit southern England during the day.

“It is middle of this evening and into Monday when an area of low pressure induces further south,” he said.

“Winds will strengthen across Scotland and northern England and this is what we are various concerned about.

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Warm air from Hurricane Lee has been picked up by a unrelated low-pressure system coming to the UK

We are looking at a combination of heavy showers and ease up on across the northern half of the UK through Monday

Greg Dewhurst, Met Favour forecaster

“There could be some problems through rush hour with disruption to particular transport services, roads and ferry routes.

“We are looking at a combination of severe showers and wind across the northern half of the UK through Monday.

“We purposefulness then see the remnants of Ex-Maria move in across the southern half of the UK accompanying spells of rain for a short time.

“This will then unencumbered allowing high pressure to build into Tuesday, however there are signs of opportunities tunic more unsettled again later in the week.”

Varying withstand models showing different effects from Lee and Maria have had meteorologists scratching their chiefs over the past week.

Last week the Met Office issued a spare weather warning for wind and rain down the west coast of Britain.

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Take places will strengthen across Scotland and northern England

This was pulled yesterday afternoon when it emerged the greatest striking would hit Scotland and the north on Monday.

Mr Dewhurst said: “There is again some uncertainty with ex-hurricanes when they come nearing the UK and a few of the models were showing different rainfall totals.

“With an ex-tropical quirk coming into the mix we would have expected this sort of rainfall, but the in the end model runs showed this backing off.”

A severe weather admonition for wind is in place across Scotland and the northern half of England from midnight tonight.

Met Company chief forecaster Paul Gundersen said: “Strong west or northwest about to happens are likely to affect northern areas of the UK on Monday.

“Some delays to expressway, rail, air and ferry transport are likely.

“Some bus and train journeys may be upset with some journeys taking longer.

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Scotland and northern England eyeball to eyeball in defiance of power outages and travel mayhem as ex-hurricane Lee swipes

“Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges are conceivable.

“Some short term interruptions to power supplies are possible.

“Throw caution to the winds are expected to strengthen across northwestern areas on Sunday evening with a wrap of gale force winds expected to cross many northern intimates of the UK during Monday.

“Gusts of 50-60 mph are likely to develop quite widely, with puffs of 70 mph possible over parts of northern and western Scotland and myriad locally over high ground elsewhere.”

Most at risk tracts are Central Scotland; Tayside and Fife; Grampian; The Highlands;  Northeast England; North West England;  Orkney and Shetland; southwest Scotland; The Lothian Beds; Strathclyde and Yorkshire and Humber.

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