Storm Brendan batters the UK and leaves thousands without power | Weather | News


But there was no respite as yet another major depression then took hold bringing further torrential rain and strong winds. The storms closed schools, shut roads with fallen trees, hit ferry ­services and blocked train routes. Thousands of homes in Scotland were also left without power. Gusts of more than 100mph were recorded at Cairngorm National Park, while 95mph winds hit South Uist in the Outer Hebrides. The rest of the UK was also hit by strong winds and torrential rain.

Helen Roberts, of the Met Office, said: “Brendan has been a particularly powerful storm.

The whole of the western side of the UK was included in the warning area but the West of Scotland has borne the brunt of the highest winds.”

The second system in 24 hours swept in yesterday bringing up to 1.6in (40mm) of rain, with southern England the worst hit.

Weathermen said while the winds would drop today, so would the temperatures, with snow and ice expected north of the border.

Nicola Maxey, of the Meteorological Office, said: “In the wake of Storm Brendan, we have another low-pressure system arriving from the South-west.

“We are looking at wind speeds of 40-50mph inland and 60mph in coastal areas. On very exposed coasts and hills, winds could reach 70mph.”

The worst conditions from the storms were in Ireland and north-west Scotland, where schools were closed and ferries disrupted.

Flights were also disrupted in the south of England with planes having to be diverted away from Gatwick to other locations at the height of the winds.

And the storms brought yet more misery to areas already affected by floods.

There were two new flood warnings, at Keswick campsite, Cumbria, and on the River Nene, east of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

There were also 60 continuing flood alerts mostly covering the Midlands and southern England after further heavy rain.

In Stornoway, the Lewis Sports Centre shut due to the worsening conditions, while in Lochgilphead, Argyll, shopkeepers stacked sandbags at their doors to keep out floodwater.

The A77 in Ayrshire was closed in both directions north of Maybole in the late afternoon after a tree fell on the carriageway. On the A83 at Ardrishaig, in Argyll and Bute, drivers had to brave waves crashing on to the road.

Yesterday the wind and rain took its toll from Dawlish, in Devon and up across the country.

The only previous named storm of the current 2019-20 season, Atiyah, swept in at the start of last month with winds of 83mph at Needles on the Isle of Wight.

Miss Maxey said a return to more settled weather is likely by the weekend.

She said: “It’s a blustery week but as we go towards the weekend, we’re likely to see brighter, settled days with potential for frost and fog overnight.”

Miss Maxey said today is likely to be dry and bright but with showers which “could be heavy and thundery”.

A band of rain is then due to move eastwards across the country on Thursday, which is likely to be heaviest in the West, followed by showers.

Frost could return on Thursday night as temperatures dip.

By Friday, daytime temperatures are forecast to plunge to a maximum of 9C (48F) in the South by day and 6-7C in northern areas.

The settled weather is set to last into next week bringing the chance of frosts, the Met Office added. 

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