Storm Erik: Wind speed could hit 100mph as UK braces for weather chaos

Storm Erik: Wind speed could hit 100mph as UK braces for weather chaos
Fri, 08 Feb 2019 13:24:00 +0000

And meteorologists agree there is a chance of the arriving in the early hours of tomorrow morning, especially in high parts of the UK. Coral is offering odds of 10-11 for wind speeds to hit 100mph. Spokesman John Hill said: “It is going to be a blustery back end to the week where the betting suggests the wind speed could reach as high as 100mph in the mainland UK.

“The odds also have been cut on this month ending as the wettest February since records began as we are set for a lot more rain over the next few weeks”.

Coral is also offering odds of 1-2 on it being the coldest winter on record in the UK, as well as 6-4 on it being the wettest February.

is rolling in from the Atlantic Ocean, and is expected to bring gale-force winds of 70mph with it across the UK.

The Met Office has issued severe wind warnings for Scotland and Northern Ireland on Friday, extending the warning extending to parts of England early tomorrow. 

Already one person has been killed by Storm Erik after a tree fell on their car in Devon this morning. 

Erik is likely to cause further chaos and power cuts across large parts of the country.

A spokeswoman said the strongest speeds recorded so far which are associated with Erik were 84mph in Capel Curig, North Wales, 69mph in Killeen, Northern Ireland, 64mph in Needles on the Isle of Wight and 63mph at St Mary’s Airport on the Isles of Scilly.

She added: “Looking at the model data there is a small possibility that we may see gusts reaching 100 mph in very isolated spots such as Capel Curig (Snowdonia) in the early hours of Saturday morning and during Saturday daytime over the Cairngorms. 

“It is important to note these are both high level, exposed sites where you would expect to see the strongest gusts.

“It is not that unusual to see wind gusts of in the UK – we often see these over high level sites such as mountains in Wales or Scotland.

“It is more uncommon to see these speeds in more populated areas of the country.”

Speaking yesterday, Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Will Lang, said: “Southwesterly winds will strengthen across the UK on Friday, so it’s going to be a windy day for everyone. 

“Across southern parts of the UK gusts will reach 40mph widely inland, however the strongest winds are expected across Northern Ireland and Scotland, with gusts of 50 to 60mph possible. 

“This swathe of strongest winds will spread to parts of northern England early on Saturday morning.

“The good news is Sunday will be a less windy day for most of us as moves towards Scandinavia.

“However it could stay windy for a time in parts of northeast Scotland.”

Even if winds do hit 100mph, they will be some way short of the record - on March 20, 1986, a wind speed of 173mph was recorded at Cairngorm Summit in Scotland.</span>

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