Published On: Mon, Aug 24th, 2020

Storm Francis NAMED in Met Office warning as 70mph gusts to smash into UK from TOMORROW | Weather | News

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The Met Office has upgraded the current weather warnings as “stronger gusts are expected with potential for medium impacts”. The Met Office have also named the next UK storm, Storm Francis.

The Met Office has placed most of England and Wales under a yellow wind warning on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Met Office warn Storm Francis “will bring some very strong winds leading to disruption to travel and power supplies along with potential damage to trees”.

The warning reads: “A spell of very strong winds is likely to develop across the southwest of England and Wales later on Tuesday morning, before spreading east across other parts of England and Wales during the afternoon and evening, clearing into the North Sea on Wednesday morning.

“Gusts are likely to reach 55-60 mph for quite a few places, with exposed coasts and hills seeing gusts of around 70 mph.

READ MORE: UK weather forecast: Horror map shows barrelling eye of 75mph storm

“Whilst not exceptional, winds this strong are unusual for August and they will be accompanied by some heavy rain in places, with possible transport disruption and impacts on outdoor activities.”

The yellow wind warning is in place from 9am on Tuesday until 9am on Wednesday.

The Met Office warn injuries and “danger to life” from flying debris could be possible.

The Met Office also warn of travel disruption across all networks, power cuts and bridge and road closures.

The Met Office warning reads: “Storm Francis will bring another spell of very wet and windy weather during Tuesday and early Wednesday.

“Total rainfall accumulations are expected to reach 20 to 40 mm widely across the area with as much as 60-90 mm for parts of Northern Ireland and south-west Scotland, particularly over high ground.

“Strong east to north-easterly winds are also expected to develop, with gusts of 50 mph affecting exposed coasts and hills.”

Storm Francis is the latest named storm of the 2019/2020 season.

The storm names every year are compiled by the Met Office, Met Éireann and Dutch meteorological agency KNMI.

Prior to Storm Francis, Storm Ellen was the last storm to hit the UK.

Storm Ellen was named by Met Éireann on August 18, and its impacts were felt in the UK/Ireland on August 19 to 20.

This is a breaking story with updates to follow.

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