Storm Barney Update: Merseyside issued severe weather warning for strong winds

 

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On Monday the Met Office officially named the 2nd storm of the season, storm Barney.

After review the Met Office have now put Merseyside on a yellow weather warning for strong winds.

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West to southwesterly gales and locally severe gales are likely to sweep eastwards across the area on Tuesday evening.

Widespread inland gusts of 50-60 mph are likely on Merseyside, with potentially gusts of 70 mph at costal or exposed areas, making this a much stronger storm than Storm Abigail.

 

Large waves will be an additional hazard along coasts. The winds should ease overnight, however, Wednesday will still be a rather windy day on Merseyside.

A forecaster at the Met Office has said: “A deepening area of low pressure will track east across southern Ireland and then central parts of the UK during Tuesday afternoon and evening.

“There is now increased confidence that the worst of the winds will reach West Wales late in the afternoon, sweeping rapidly eastwards across the Midlands & Merseyside during the evening.

 

This severe weather update from Monday extends the warning area northwards into the north Midlands and Merseyside.

The weather warning for strong winds is in force from 4pm Tuesday – 2am Wednesday.

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