UK 'could face first named storm of season' as 75mph winds set to hit Britain, Met Office says

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Britons are braced for fierce winds of up to 75mph after forecasters warned the UK may be about to face its first named storm of the season.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind in parts of Britain from 8pm Tuesday evening, and meteorologists are now closely monitoring the brutal weather system to determine whether they should upgrade the alert.

Forecaster Marco Petagna said: “We’re currently at a yellow warning for wind. If it moves up to amber, we might classify it as a storm.”

It would be Britain’s first major storm of the season, to be named Aileen, as the country plunges into autumn.

Existing yellow weather warnings are in place from Tuesday evening until 10am on Wednesday for the north of England down to the Midlands, as well as Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Road, rail and air services may be affected with longer journey times and cancellations possible, along with some restriction to roads and bridges.

There is also a small chance of power cuts, and some damage to buildings such as tiles blowing off roofs, the Met Office said.

Forecasters say the gales will be coupled with heavy rain, causing hazardous driving conditions.

A predicted 1.5 inches (3.8cm) is forecast to fall in up to nine hours in Scotland and Northern Ireland, which could cause flooding.

Forecasters say homes and businesses in these areas could also be affected.

Met Office Deputy Meteorologist Chris Tubbs said: “There are no links between the very strong winds we expect to see here in the UK and the hurricanes affecting the United States and the Caribbean at present.   

“This system originated well north in the Atlantic Ocean, independent of the current Caribbean hurricanes. It is a fairly typical autumnal low pressure system often seen here in the UK especially later in autumn.”


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