UK weather forecast – Storm Brendan causes havoc as 80mph winds divert flights bound for Gatwick
14th January 2020

STORM Brendan has caused havoc across the UK as gales of up to 80mph forced airlines to divert flights, led to school closures and left thousands without power.

Further weather warnings have been issued for this afternoon and evening, with torrential rain and strong winds forecast across most of the country.

The Met Office has yellow warnings for wind covering much of the UK throughout Tuesday.

This will be accompanied by heavy rain, the worst of which is likely to be in southern England between 1pm today and 9am tomorrow.

Travel across the UK has already been disrupted, with flights, trains and ferry services delayed or cancelled.

Seven flights to Gatwick Airport have been diverted to other locations across the UK so far, after gales in excess of 40mph struck the area last night.

Gatwick Airport said two Wizz Air flights, four easyJet services and one Norwegian Air flight were diverted.

One easyJet flight from Edinburgh was forced to land at Birmingham.

In Wales, more than 1,000 properties were left without power after a tree fell onto a power line in Bontnewydd, Gwynedd.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Storm Brendan brings risks of short-term power loss and transport delays, with gusts up to 80mph locally in the North-West.

"Thursday sees another system with potential for severe gales similar in strength to Tuesday's gusts, with the West including Scotland most at risk."

The torment is a "double weather bomb" because the Met Office forecasts showed the storm is strengthening as its air pressure plunges by around 48 millibars in 24 hours – double the 24 millibars needed to qualify as a "weather bomb".

On Monday, more than 60 homes were blacked out after electricity failures near Falmouth and Truro in Cornwall as the winds began bringing trees down across cables.

There are also warnings of potential flooding caused by heavy showers of torrential rain.


Forecasters said winds of 60mph-70mph could continue to batter north-western Scotland into Tuesday.

A yellow warning of wind has been issued for much of England, although it will no longer be classed as Storm Brendan.

Mr Burkhill said the gales were much less likely to reach Monday's highs of over 80mph, but inland areas could be hit with gusts of more than 50mph.

He added: "For many, tomorrow will actually be a windier day than today, despite the fact that today was named and tomorrow isn't."

Eight flood warnings and 79 alerts issued by the Environment Agency remained in place on Monday night.

Although the rest of the week looks unsettled, conditions are set to be drier and brighter at the weekend.

The strongest gust recorded by the Met Office on Monday was 87mph, in the western Isles.
RAC spokesman Simon Williams told people to "take extra care" as 7,000 RAC call-outs were expected on Monday.

He said: "Don't get caught by one of winter's fiercest storms so far."

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