Storm Hector to hit rush hour with 70mph winds


Gales and winds of up to 70mph are set to hit UK commuters on their way to work as Storm Hector makes its way from the Atlantic.

Much of Britain is covered by a yellow warning, but the north and west of Northern Ireland – which will see the first winds hit in the early hours of Thursday – is subject to a more serious amber warning.

The Met Office said injuries and a danger to life is “likely” in coastal areas in Northern Ireland, with the chance of large waves and potential for beach debris to end up on roads, sea fronts and properties.

Those travelling at rush hour have been urged to take care as potential disruption caused by the wet and windy storm is predicted.

The Met Office said: “The strongest winds will reach the west coast during the early hours of Thursday before spreading eastwards during the day.

“Westerly winds are likely to gust between 50 and 60mph in many areas and possibly around 70mph in some exposed locations. Winds should gradually ease from the west during Thursday afternoon.

“In addition, a spell of heavy rain will accompany the wind with the highest rainfall totals over parts of western Scotland.”

Met Office forecaster Sophie Yeomans added: “Over the rest of England and Wales it will just be a strong, blustery day.

“With any outdoor events planned, it may be something people are unprepared for or come as unexpected compared to the weather we have had recently.”

The yellow warning means the risk of disruption to travel and damage to buildings is low.

The wind could impact the Queen and the Duchess of Sussex’s first official engagement together, as they open Cheshire’s Mersey Gateway Bridge.

Although gusts could be stronger than usual, the area does not have a weather warning in place.

The storm is likely to clear to the north east around lunchtime or just after 1pm and southern England and Wales are likely to escape the worst of the windy weather.



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