Storm Brian expected to cause chaos in wake of Ophelia

Randolph Lopez
October 22, 2017

The wild conditions, caused by a "weather bomb" over the Atlantic Ocean, have started battering Wales and the South West of England this morning, with gusts of wind reaching up to 70 miles per hour on the coastlines and 50 miles per hour inland.

With this swirling mass of low pressure churning through the Atlantic Ocean strengthening into a storm, it is forecast to smash into the United Kingdom about 4am, according to the forecaster.

Chief Forecaster Dan Suri said: 'Storm Brian is expected to bring strong south or southwesterly winds to much of Wales and southern and western England from early Saturday.

A yellow wind warning has been issued and gusts of wind are expected to be in excess of 50 miles per hour.

"Explosive cyclogenesis" takes place when air is sucked upwards by the jet stream, leaving low pressure below.

"Inland Suffolk and north Essex could see gusts between 45 and 50mph and on exposed coastlines that could go up to about 60mph".

Strong winds had already hit southern and south-western parts of Ireland by early Saturday morning.

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The Met Office said the southern and western coast of England will remain under a yellow weather warning for wind until midnight on Saturday, when the worst of the storm is expected to have lost potency and moved into the far north-easterly reaches of Scotland.

Alison Baptiste, national flood duty manager for the Environment Agency, warned the public against social media stunts during the bad weather.

He warned thrill seekers not to risk their safety by posing for "storm selfies" along the coast.

He said: 'Environment Agency teams are on the ground, checking defences and taking precautionary action to close tidal gates and put up temporary barriers.

And ahead of its arrival, the Met Office has issued a weather warning.

Weather contingencies include the introduction of temporary speed restrictions due to high winds, which can blow trees and other debris onto railway lines and overhead power lines.

The Energy Networks Association, representing the UK's energy infrastructure, also reminded residents to call the free 105 advice telephone number in case of damage to local networks and power supplies.

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