BRITAIN is tipped to be hit by 70mph winds as Storm Hector barrels in from the Atlantic – with forecasters warning flying debris could even endanger life.
Gusts will start to pick up Wednesday afternoon before the brunt of the storm hits the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Thursday morning.
Twitter/MetOffice The brunt of the storm will hit the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Thursday
When and where will Storm Hector hit?
Gusts of winds are expected to reach up to 70mph as the storm begins to sweep across western Ireland before blowing across Scotland, Northern Ireland and the far north of England on Thursday morning.
The Met Office warns of a “small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown on to sea fronts, coastal roads and properties” as well as a risk posed by flying debris.
Westerly winds are likely to be between 50mph and 60mph but could reach up to 70mph in exposed locations before easing in the afternoon, forecasters said as they warned of a “very windy spell”.
The Met Office said road, rail, air and ferry services could be badly affected and buildings may be damaged, with a slight chance of power cuts in some parts – with the strongest winds expected in Argyll, near Oban.
Coastguards have already issued warnings for affected areas, with strong waves expected to batter the coastline.
The Met Office eventually released a yellow warning, saying: “The strongest winds will reach the west coast during the early hours of Thursday before spreading eastwards.”
MetOffice The strongest winds will reach the west coast during the early hours of Thursday
What’s the latest weather forecast?
Metoerologists say the dramatic slump in weather will only be a temporary blip with summer set to blaze back before not too long.
On Wednesday, England and Wales will have a fine day with sunny spells, patchy cloud and perhaps a brief, light shower in places.
However in Northern Ireland and Scotland, heavy rain and strong winds will arrive in the west by this evening.
Rain and strong winds in the west during the evening will spread to the rest of the UK through the early hours of Thursday.
Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall said the wet and windy conditions are likely to continue but hinted the end of June would be drier.
He said that the coming week’s poor conditions will fade away, with a return to more summery conditions by the following week.
Have there been a lot of storms this year?
Storm Hector is the eighth storm to be named by the Met Office during 2017-2018.
It follows Aileen last September, Brian in October, Caroline and Dylan last December, and Eleanor, Fionn and Georgina in January.
Meteorologists put the unusual weather patterns down to low pressure systems pushing in from across the Atlantic.
What are the biggest storms in UK history?
The infamous 1987 storm has become equally as known for Michael Fish’s seemingly inaccurate predictions as the devastation it caused.
Despite forecasts to the contrary, hurricane-force winds hit the UK, with the South East worst hit by the power of Mother Nature.
Then Home Secretary, Douglas Hurd, described it as “the worst night since the Blitz”, as £1billion damage was caused and 18 people died.
Research has since revealed this was a new weather phenomenon called a “sting jet” and this storm was the first of its kind recorded in Britain.
In 1953, the so-called “great storm” was the worst disaster in peacetime history for Britain with the North Sea flooding the east coast of the UK.