Storm Ali hit the Merseyside today as 63 mph winds battered the region with fallen trees bringing a day of travel disruption.
Fallen tree’s blocked roads for hours in Wallasey and Liverpool as drivers had to wait for specialist tree surgeons to clear the area.
Train services were also disrupted on the Wirral line between Birkenhead North and West Kirby as a fallen tree blocked the line near Leasowe.
— Andy Teebay (@andyteebaypics) September 19, 2018
Services were delayed between Liverpool Lime Street and Edge Hill due to fallen tree and the line was blocked at Sandhills delaying all northern line services in and out of the Liverpool.
Storm Ali also diverted flights to Liverpool that were heading to and from Ireland.
Twitter user @ziaaislinn said: Diverted to Liverpool and we have been waiting on the plane in Liverpool for the winds to die down so we can try again. Fingers crossed we land in Dublin next (and soon).
This is exactly what my flight did today. Diverted to Liverpool and we have been waiting on the plane in Liverpool for the winds to die down so we can try again. Fingers crossed we land in Dublin next (and soon). https://t.co/P6QP7vaCiz
— Zia Bergin-Holly (@ziaaislinn) September 19, 2018
Winds from Storm Ali is expected to die down overnight, however, forecasters warn that there’s more stormy conditions on the way.
Thursday will see very heavy rainfall on Merseyside throughout most of the day, but winds are not expected to be as strong as Storm Ali.
The Met Office have also placed the region on a yellow severe weather warning over the weekend as another potential storm rolls in.
The forecaster warns Merseyside that power cuts, travel delays and potential danger to life winds could occur from 9am Sunday to 9am Monday.
— Met Office (@metoffice) September 19, 2018
That means there is a growing chance that the next storm, storm Bronagh, could be named.
The Met Office say: “During Sunday there is the potential for a deep area of low pressure to develop and track over the UK bringing a spell of very strong winds and heavy rain.
“At this stage developments are very uncertain but there is a small chance of disruptive winds developing with parts of England and Wales currently looking most at risk.
“Any strong winds should gradually clear eastwards early on Monday with more settled conditions looking likely to follow next week.”
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