UK weather map: Charts turn RED as Storm Ellen unleashes gales – latest Met Office warning

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for today as gusts of up to 60mph are anticipated to batter regions of England and Wales. Storm Ellen is predicted to smash areas in the UK on Friday, packing a punch with the storm being followed by remnants of tropical storm Kyle which have merged with a low-pressure system. Maps from WXCharts show swirling winds will cover the whole of the UK by 9am, with more fierce winds hitting the eastern coast of England, Wales and Scotland by midday – reaching 51mph max gusts.

Forecasters predict showery rain will push eastwards across the northern half of the country on Friday.

South and south-east regions of the country should remain mostly dry.

The windy weather with gales reaching 55mph to 60mph for exposed parts of northern England and Wales.

The Met Office has advised of strong winds on Friday which is expected to lead to some travel disruption and perhaps some temporary power disruption.

Strong southwesterly winds are forecast to develop across much of England, Wales and southern Scotland today.

Wind gusts will range between 45mph to 50mph will hit widely in inland areas.

But gusts of up to 60mph are possible around coastal regions and over hills.

Winds are then forecast to gradually ease during the late afternoon and evening.

As a result of the intense storm weather, there will likely to significant disruption across parts of England and Wales.

There is likely to be some travel disruption and delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges.

Short-term power loss is possible and coastal communities may be affected by spray and/or large waves.

Some damage to trees with debris on the roads is also possible given the time of year.

Hundreds of homes in south Wales have been left without power after high winds hit the region on Friday morning.

Western Power Distribution said it had reconnected 323 homes in Nelson, Caerphilly county, on Friday morning.

The company said it aimed to reconnect 175 homes in Monmouthshire and 63 in the Vale of Glamorgan by 8am.

In addition, the M48 Severn Bridge road has been closed in both directions due to high winds.

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Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Paul Gunderson said: “Storm Ellen was a very lively storm for this time of year and although the main system has mostly dissipated, we’ll continue to see strong winds across western parts of the UK today spreading to eastern areas tomorrow, with several yellow wind warnings in place.

“South-westerly winds will pick up once again through the Irish Sea this evening, with gusts of 55-65mph possible across western parts of Scotland and Wales, southwest England and eastern parts of Northern Ireland.

“Along with impacts from strong winds, we’ll see bands of heavy rain and squally showers with the risk of thunder and lightning.

“During the early hours of Friday, the wind will pick up more widely across much of England, Wales and southern Scotland, with gusts of 45-50mph inland and 55-60mph around coasts and over hills.”

Flooding agencies across Britain have implemented several flood alerts and warnings for Friday, advising where flooding is possible.

In England, the Environment Agency has issued 22 flood warnings and 41 flood alerts.

The flood warnings, which advises flooding is expected and immediate action should be taken, in these locations:

  • Cumbrian coastline at North Morecambe Bay, along the coast from Roosebeck to Carnforth
  • Cumbrian coastline from Gretna to Silloth including Port Carlisle, Skinburness and Rockcliffe
  • Dorset coast at Preston Beach
  • North Cornwall coast from Lands End to Chapel Porth
  • North Devon Coastal Communities, including Westward Ho! and Combe Martin
  • North Devon Coast at Ilfracombe
  • North Devon coast at Lynmouth
  • North Sea coast at Easington and Kilnsea
  • North Sea coast at Hornsea
  • Plymouth Barbican
  • Poole Harbour at West Quay and Lower Hamworthy Quay
  • South Cornwall coast at Mounts Bay, properties located behind the seafront
  • South Cornwall coast at Mounts Bay, seafront properties
  • South Cornwall Coast At Truro
  • South Cornwall Coast from Gribbin Head to Rame Head
  • South Cornwall Coast from Lands End to Lizard Point excluding Mounts Bay
  • South Cornwall Coast from Lizard Point to Gribbin Head excluding Truro City
  • South Cornwall Coast from Rame Head to Wembury Bay including tidal estuaries
  • South Devon Coast low-lying areas of the Dart Estuary
  • Westbury, Broadoak and Newnham on the Severn Estuary
  • Wye Estuary at Brockweir
  • Wye Estuary at Elmdale, Chepstow

The 41 flood alerts are located in these locations:

  • Beaulieu estuary
  • Christchurch Harbour
  • Climping Seafront
  • Coastal areas of Pevensey seafront
  • Coastal areas of Seaford seafront
  • Dorset coast at Poole Harbour
  • East coast of Dorset
  • Fareham to Portchester
  • Hillhead to Gosport
  • Humber estuary from Hessle Haven to Faxfleet
  • Humber estuary from Spurn Point to Winestead Outfall
  • Isle of Wight coast
  • Langstone to Emsworth Harbour
  • Mansbridge and Riverside Park
  • North Cornwall Coast from Chapel Porth to The Rumps excluding the tidal River Camel
  • North Cornwall Coast from Lands End to Chapel Porth
  • North Cornwall Coast from The Rumps to Hartland Point excluding Bude
  • North Devon Coast from Hartland Point to Lynmouth
  • North Sea coast at Bridlington
  • North Sea coast at Skipsea, Hornsea and Mappleton
  • North Sea coast at Withernsea, Easington and Kilnsea
  • North Sea coast from Staithes to Whitby including tidal River Esk
  • Portsmouth
  • Severn estuary from Gloucester to Sharpness
  • Southampton Water and Hamble
  • South Cornwall Coast from Gribbin Head to Rame Head
  • South Cornwall Coast from Lands End to Lizard Point
  • South Cornwall Coast from Lizard Point to Gribbin Head excluding Truro City
  • South Cornwall Coast from Rame Head to Plymouth including tidal estuaries
  • South Devon Coast from Dawlish Warren to Seaton
  • South Devon Coast from Plymouth to Start Point
  • South Devon Coast from Start Point to Dawlish Warren
  • South Devon Estuaries
  • The Essex coast from Clacton to and including, St Peters Flat and the Colne and Blackwater estuaries
  • Thorney Island to Bracklesham
  • Tidal areas of Shoreham Harbour
  • Tidal River Avon at Bristol, Pill and Shirehampton
  • Tidal River Camel excluding Wadebridge and Chapel Amble
  • West coast of Dorset
  • Weymouth Harbour
  • Wye Estuary in Gloucestershire

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued five flood alerts and six flood warnings on Friday.

The flood alerts are in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City, Dumfries and Galloway, Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire and Arran and Orkney.

The flood warnings are in effect in Stonehaven, West Luce Bay, Outer Wigtown Bay, Inner Wigtown Bay, Kircudbright Bay and East Luce Bay.

Natural Resources Wales has put seven flood warnings and 10 flood alerts in place.

The flood warnings are in effect in Wales in Newgale, Pendine, Cardigan, Aberystwyth seafront, Amroth, Carmarthen Bay Holiday Park in Kidwelly and Dale.

The flood alerts are in force in at Usk Estuary, Wye Estuary in Monmouthshire, the North Wales coast, Llyeum Peninsula and Cardigan Bay coastline, West Angelsey coastline, Ceredigion coast between Clarach and Cardigan, Crofty, Swansea Bay and the Gower coast, the Pembrokeshire coast and the Carmarthenshire coast.

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