LONDON, U.K. - After Hurricane Ophelia devastated several parts of the U.K. and Ireland, now weather authorities in both the countries have issued a yellow wind warning as Storm Brian approaches.
Met offices in both the U.K. and Ireland have warned that Brian could bring heavy rainfall and strong winds, as a ‘weather bomb’ is forecast to form over the Atlantic on Thursday.
It said that on Saturday, Brian is set to become the second named storm of the season.
According to forecasters, Storm Brian will bring strong winds over Wales, north-west England and most of southern England on the first day of many pupils’ half-term holidays.
Since the storm is set to affect not just the U.K. but also Ireland, the Met Éireann classified Brian as a named storm.
In a statement, Dan Suri, chief forecaster at the Met Office, said, “Storm Brian is expected to bring strong winds to southern and western areas early on Saturday morning. The first and most significant land-based impacts will be in the south-west of Ireland, hence the amber warning from Met Éireann. At the moment, we don’t expect the same level of impacts for the U.K.”
Suri added, “Gusts exceeding 50mph are expected widely within the warning area, with gusts of around 70mph along exposed coastal areas. These are expected to coincide with high tides, leading to locally dangerous conditions in coastal parts.”
Meanwhile, for Saturday, the U.K. Met Office has issued a yellow warning for a spell of strong south-westerly winds, potentially causing large waves and flooding.
It warned that power cuts are also possible.
The first U.K.-named storm of the season, Storm Aileen, left thousands of homes without power last month.
Forecasters have issued the latest weather warning, days after the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia, which caused widespread disruption to Ireland, northern England and Scotland.
According to reports, in a gaffe earlier in the day, the Irish Met office jumped the gun by tweeting the name of the storm before it was officially agreed with the U.K. Met Office.
The Met Eireann tweeted, “The system that may become #StormBrian will undergo explosive cyclogenesis in the next 24 hours. Deepening from 1006hPa [millibar] to 961hPa.”
Later, it deleted the tweet after a request from the U.K. Met Office.
Now, authorities have agreed that the storm can be named for ease of communication.
A spokesman said in a statement, “Under the storm naming agreement that we have, if there is a low pressure system which is affecting either Ireland or the U.K., then either national Met service can name. It was Met Éireann’s decision to name. For ease of communication it’s easier if we all work to the same system.”
Further, the U.K. Met Office confirmed that an explosive cyclogenesis, or weather bomb, was forecast to take place over the Atlantic on Thursday.
However, the Met Office said that by the time the latest system reaches the U.K. on Saturday, it was likely to be much weaker and would weaken further as it crossed the country.
So far, officials have issued two flood alerts for Cornwall and Dorset.