Storm Agnes’s most severe gusts and which areas will be battered most

UK weather: Storm Agnes to bring disruption to parts of UK

Storm Agnes is tracking closer to Britain and is expected to make landfall in mere hours, with gusts protruding from the west.

There is a whopping 112 areas across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland which are included in huge yellow weather warnings, implemented by the Met Office which alert people to severe gales and torrential downpours. 

The peak gusts are expected to top 75mph, potentially hitting 80mph, throughout intervals on Wednesday, with the near-24 hour episode trying to calm on Thursday. 

Agnes is the first named storm of the autumn – and her wrath is expected to cause disruption of varying degrees across all four home nations. 

Jim Dale, a meteorologist from British Weather Services, has spoken exclusively to the Express about what can be expected tomorrow – and when. 

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He said: “Here we have ‘angry Agnes’ which is on the way in and it will make landfall in the Republic of Ireland first – with the centre of it tracking over the Republic tomorrow morning. 

“Ahead of it, behind it and through it, the ROI is going to get a pasting. There is a fair amount of energy with it and sometimes these things can be quite perilous. 

“At this stage it is nothing to do with climate change – it’s just an autumn storm.”

Mr Dale added that the storm will be moving “very gradually” which may lure some people into a false sense of security in England who will likely go about their business unaffected until around midday.

“Gradually it will hit London and the home counties,” he added. “Some may not see something until the evening time – and they will be wondering what all the fuss is about.

“But come rush hour it will be a very different picture – it’s tracking west to east.”

Mr Dale, a weather author and meteorological broadcaster, said the surge will push across ROI to Northern Ireland, Scotland before pushing out via north east Scotland around midnight.

Among the chaos expected, he said the Newcastle and Man City game may be facing blustery conditions with “very strong gusts” expected.

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Which areas will be hit hardest?

It will be the western side of the UK, Mr Dale confirmed. Western Wales, and south west Scotland will be some of the first regions in the firing line. 

But in terms of the south west, Lands End could see peaks of 75mph at intervals. Other peak speeds include 60mph to 70mph “in general” he said, but between 40mph and 50mph will be the most widespread impacts.

The timing will split Ireland and the rest of the UK into morning and afternoon. Some of the proposed dangers include flying debris and obstructions – including uprooted trees – blocking roads. 

Mr Dale said this is heightened somewhat because of the time of year – in the way that trees are still in leaf. Those without their leaves can encourage the wind to pass through them, instead of up against them. 

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Mr Dale added: “It’s a hazardous situation – people have to be careful – and you have to be safe rather than sorry. 

“Garden items should be put away – people should make sure they haven’t left things out that could fly around as it could impact someone’s car or their person.”

The Met Office warning says the nation should expect: 

  • A small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris
  • A slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs
  • A slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • Longer journey times are likely, or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected. Some roads and bridges are likely to close.
  • A small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties; with a chance of some minor flooding of coastal roads.

Its forecast added: “Storm Agnes’s influence on UK weather is expected to diminish later on Thursday as it weakens and moves further north. Following that system, rain will move into southern areas late on Thursday and into Friday, with some heavy bursts possible for some areas of England and Wales.

“However, as we move towards the weekend, a ridge of high pressure from the south is expected to bring a period of more settled weather, though some showers could continue in northern and western areas for a time.”

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