Perilous Times and Climate Change
Severe Wind and Rain Storms Continue to Lash UK
(UKPA) – 1 hour ago
Heavy rain and winds have been lashing Britain as new storms swept
across the country.
A deep depression came in from the Atlantic overnight, bringing gales
and wet weather in its wake.
It was warned wind speeds could reach up to 80mph in the north of
England and up to 70mph in the south.
The stormy weather was centred over Scotland, but areas north of the
border will escape the worst of the winds because it is "in the eye of
the storm", forecasters said.
The winds will batter the UK throughout Thursday before moving out to
the North Sea. Some snow was forecast to fall in the Scottish
Highlands, but will be swept away by rain throughout the day.
The Highways Agency urged drivers across the North West of England to
check conditions before they travel, with a forecast of gales,
especially in Cumbria and Lancashire.
The organisation issued its first amber alert of the autumn with the
possibility of gusts of more than 60mph between 4pm on Thursday and 8am
The alert advises motorcyclists, drivers of high-sided vehicles and
people towing caravans and trailers to consider avoiding travel in
areas where strong cross-winds are possible.
Regional operations manager John McTaggart said: "We do have a forecast
of stronger gusts this evening and into the morning and we are advising
all drivers to check conditions before they travel and to heed warnings
and drive to conditions if they do venture out on to the motorway
"Drivers should allow extra time for journeys and take particular care
in exposed and raised areas such as bridges by slowing down and leaving
extra room for braking."