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UK News Met Office names first storm of the season as Wales under threat from 70mph winds

16:15  06 december  2019
16:15  06 december  2019 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

UK set to be battered by first named storm of the season

  UK set to be battered by first named storm of the season Storm Atiyah is expected to move from the west of the country across to the east late on Sunday going into Monday. The storm is the first of the season to be named and has triggered a Yellow national severe weather warning for wind for the west coast of Wales and the south west of England.The Met Office-issued warning is from 3pm on Sunday and currently runs through to 9am on Monday.The first named storm of the season #StormAtiyah has been named by @MetEireann Find our more in our news release https://t.co/N8kdo04elQ pic.twitter.

The 2017–18 European windstorm season , or the 2017–18 UK and Ireland windstorm season was the third instance of the United Kingdom's Met Office and Ireland's Met Éireann naming of high impact

This Met Office weather graphic shows Storm Brian making its way across the UK during the early Under the guidelines of the storm naming collaboration, an amber wind warning triggers the People rush for shelter as the killer 70 mph storm , which caused chaos in Ireland, hit the Blackpool seafront

A damaging storm system targeting the UK this weekend has officially become the first named storm of the season.

Storm Atiyah was declared by Met Eireann, in partnership with the Met Office, on Friday afternoon as damaging winds of up to 80 mph threaten to hammer the Irish coasts.

Atiyah is also expected to unleash damaging gales of up to 70mph in England and Wales beginning on Sunday afternoon as a deep area of low pressure crosses the UK.

UK Set To Be Battered By First Named Storm Of The Season

  UK Set To Be Battered By First Named Storm Of The Season The UK is set to be battered by storm force winds this weekend with gusts of up to 70mph, according to the Met Office. An area of low pressure, named Storm Atiyah by Irish meteorolgical service Met Eireann, is expected to move from the west of the country across to the east late on Sunday going into Monday. The storm is the first of the season to be named and has triggered a Yellow national severe weather warning for wind for the west coast of Wales and the south west of England.The Met Office-issued warning is from 3pm on Sunday and currently runs through to 9am on Monday.

Gusts of up to 70 mph could bring disruption to parts of south east Wales on Friday, the Met Office Image copyright PA. Image caption Waves battered the lighthouse at Porthcawl during storms in There are also restrictions on the M48 Severn Bridge due to high winds , with one lane closed and a

In 2015, the Met Office and Met Eireann started a joint initiative to name storms in order to raise public Hitting the UK on Christmas Eve, the fifth named storm of the season brought more torrential rain Strong winds and heavy rain affected much of England and Wales with gusts widely between

As a result of the storm system, the Met Office has declared a yellow weather warning for wind beginning at 3pm and lasting until 9am on Monday.

Residents around the coast should prepare for delays to road, air, rail and ferry transport. Power cuts and short-term loss of other services are also possible, forecasters have said. You can read more about Atiyah's impacts to Wales here.

a close up of a map: A yellow weather warning is in place for Wales on Sunday and Monday. © Met Office A yellow weather warning is in place for Wales on Sunday and Monday.

Why are storms named?

The criteria used to name storms is based on the National Severe Weather Warnings service.

It takes into account both the impact the weather may have, and the likelihood of those impacts occurring.

According to the Met Office, a storm will be named when it has the potential to cause an amber or red warning.

Storm Atiyah is the first named storm set to impact the the UK since Storm Hannah in April 2019, which left tens of thousands of people without power after high winds.

100mph winds set to bring disruption to UK on Tuesday .
Winds of up to 100mph are set to batter parts of the UK on Tuesday, forecasters have warned. © Imagebridge Waves crash against a lighthouse on the County Durham coast during Storm Atiyah It follows Storm Atiyah which brought winds of up to 70mph to the southwest of England and Wales and caused disruption to transport and power networks in Ireland.A severe yellow weather warning for wind is in place across northern England, North Wales, parts of Northern Ireland and much of Scotland, while a further yellow weather warning for rain covers western Scotland.

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