Strong winds from Storm Ali and Storm Bronagh thrash the UK and Ireland

The UK is known for its less than pleasant weather. As inhabitants, we are used to short summers, lots of rain, and little sunshine – which is why the heat wave a couple of months ago was such a surprise to us. But Storm Ali was not something we were expecting, and less than 24 hours later, Storm Bronagh hit, too.

Storm Ali started its path across Ireland and parts of the UK just one day ago on the 19th, and though there were signs of the weather clearing up a little, the region is still experiencing high winds and weather warnings. As Storm Ali clears out, Storm Bronagh took its place earlier today.

Luckily, we have a dedicated team in the MET Office, who have been keeping us all updated on Storm Ali and Storm Bronagh as they’ve passed through the UK and Ireland. Storm Bronagh could bring heavy rain and high winds to England and Wales throughout the night tonight, the MET office has advised on their Twitter page. They post regularly, and you can keep up with the news on the storm there.

If you’ve been experiencing squally winds in your area today, that is the doing of Storm Bronagh. A squall is a sudden and violent increase in wind speed which lasts for only a few minutes. It’s typically accompanied by heavy rain, and then disperses as quickly as it came.

The MET office has issued warnings for drivers who are travelling this evening in the high winds, working with England Highways and RAC UK to keep our drivers safe during this dangerous time.

Storm Ali caused the death of two individuals in Ireland. A woman died after the caravan she was in was blown off a cliff in the Irish Republic, and in Northern Ireland a man was killed by a falling tree. Many more were injured, and thousands of homes experienced power cuts and devastation. Public spaces were closed, by local councils fearing for the public’s safety, and fallen trees lying across roads are causing disruptions in traffic.

Storm Bronagh isn’t expected to be any less threatening. The newest storm of the season is on course to hit Wales and southwest England tonight before moving east. A yellow warning for wind has been issued, meaning there is possible danger to life and a chance of damage to buildings and trees for parts of England and Wales from 6pm tonight until 9am tomorrow.

Experts and officials are urging all UK residents to stay as safe as possible in the storm. Before the storm hits your area, secure any loose objects outside your house, close all doors and windows and park your car in your garage (if possible). Do not travel unless completely necessary, stay indoors while the storm passes, and do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is still in your area.

You are advised to keep an eye on travel and safety advice during Storm Bronagh.




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