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Britain will experience an additional four days of unpleasant weather this week as a result of Storm Fergus and Storm Elin passing through the nation.
Over the weekend, Storm Elin caused winds of 81mph and 38mm of rain in certain areas of the UK. New weather advisories have been released until Wednesday as the country prepares for the impact of Storm Fergus, expected to hit on Sunday afternoon.
The Irish meteorological service, Met Eireann, has named the storm which is expected to bring 30 to 40mm of rain, and also carry a possibility of hail and thunder, according to the Met Office. Multiple rain warnings have been released, with a main focus on northwest England and southwest Scotland, as well as certain areas in northern and eastern Scotland.
The Met Office has issued a warning that travel disruptions and potential home flooding are expected due to ongoing yellow weather warnings until 3am on Wednesday.
According to Chief Meteorologist Andy Page of the Met Office, the UK’s unpredictable weekend weather will finally come to an end with the arrival of Storm Fergus. This storm will bring strong winds and heavy rain on Sunday evening and into Monday morning.
He stated: “Although the Republic of Ireland will experience the strongest gusts, Storm Fergus will also bring windy weather to western regions, specifically along the Irish Sea coast. Additionally, there is a chance of significant rainfall.”
Heavy rain may cause disruptions in northern England and parts of Scotland, particularly in areas with already saturated soil.
The Environment Agency has issued approximately 40 flood warnings for England, while the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency has issued three.
The most powerful winds are expected to impact the southern regions of Wales and the Bristol Channel, potentially resulting in localized gales.
According to the forecaster, the inclement weather may lead to disruptions in road, rail, air, and ferry travel. In addition, areas near the coast, such as coastal routes, sea fronts, and coastal communities, may experience spray and high waves.
Simon Partridge, a forecaster from the Met Office, stated that there will be additional periods of intense precipitation, especially in Wales and Northern England.
“In these regions, the soil is already heavily saturated, increasing the likelihood of flooding.”
The intensity of Storm Fergus will decrease as it travels east early on Monday morning, however, there is a possibility of continued unsettled weather starting on Tuesday.
The country of Ireland has experienced the most severe impact from the two storms. In Leitrim Village, Ireland, homes and vehicles suffered significant damage when a potential tornado struck the region.
On Sunday afternoon, emergency services were notified due to strong winds causing trees to be flattened, a building’s roof to be ripped off, and debris scattered along a street.
According to meteorologist Liz Walsh from Met Eireann, there may have been a tornado in the vicinity, or at the very least, strong winds accompanying the thunderstorm.
According to her, the forecaster used social media reports and videos to determine if it was a tornado.