Mustard video: Weather warning over St Jude storm set to hit East Anglia

The North Sea crashing into the seafront on wet and wild day in Lowestoft earlier this month (October). Picture: NICK BUTCHER. The North Sea crashing into the seafront on wet and wild day in Lowestoft earlier this month (October). Picture: NICK BUTCHER.

Adam Gretton adam.gretton@archant.co.uk
Sunday, October 27, 2013
10:17 AM

The region was today bracing itself for the expected overnight storm, which some experts warn could be as bad as the great storm of 1987.

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Forecasters at Norwich-based Weatherquest have been tracking the storm which formed in the Azores and is now heading for Britain.

Meteorologist Dan Holley said the wind was likely to be the main issue for this region – and it was set to hit us at the worst possible time, during tomorrow’s rush hour.

He said: “The heaviest rain is expected to arrive about 10pm tonight and continue until about 4am tomorrow. It will be heavy and parts could get up to half an inch of rain.”

That is expected to be a prelude to the major problem – the wind.

“That will start to really build from about 3am. It will build up to wind about 50mph with gusts of 55mph to 60mph. The strongest winds are likely to be here between about 6am and 9am – with gusts of up to 65-70mph in coastal areas.”

Mr Holley said the overnight rain and the fact that many trees still has leaves on them meant there could be some substantial damage caused.

Forecasters are closely watching their weather maps to see how an area of low pressure is picked up by the jet stream as it moves across the Atlantic Ocean over the weekend.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for Monday, meaning “be prepared”, for people living in the East of England, East Midlands, London, South East England, South West England, Wales, and the West Midlands.

The storm has been named St Jude after the patron saint of lost causes, whose feast day is tomorrow.

Darron Burness, head of the AA’s flood rescue team, said: “If the predicted storm strikes, the timing couldn’t really be worse, potentially causing significant travel disruption on Monday morning, which is one of the busiest times on the roads.

“Strong wind and torrential rain is an unpredictable and hazardous combination, which can be quite overwhelming when you’re driving. There’s likely to be tree and other debris on the roads as well potential flooding, so it’s very important to keep your speed down and drive with great care, particularly on country roads early on Monday morning when it’s still dark.”

15 comments

  • Are they referring to the weather or the meeting of charlatans at county hall next week?

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    John L Norton

    Saturday, October 26, 2013

  • Quote from the piece, " The storm has been named St Jude after the patron saint of lost causes, whose feast day is tomorrow." Bite like this peace realie with sepalien errors and paw gramer.

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    BG

    Sunday, October 27, 2013

  • Footy boy, Driving slow in bad weather is the sensible option, remember the pile up in fog on the m25 recently, I know how I will be driving, safely.

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    gerry mitson

    Sunday, October 27, 2013

  • The fog accident was on the sheppy bridge not M25

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    Cupboard

    Sunday, October 27, 2013

  • "computer model suggests that winds could be 50 to 60mph across the county " So thats what the computer says what about the forcasters.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Saturday, October 26, 2013

  • You will still get idiots on the roads whatever happens, they will either drive like they are on a race track or they will drive like Miss Marple... there will be people who drive over the safe speed limit for bad weather or there are the drivers who drive so slow in bad weather they are the ones who cause accidents..if you can't drive in bad weather stop at home..

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    Footyboy16

    Sunday, October 27, 2013

  • Will the fat lady sing? Radio Norfolk are broadcasting the 'burning issue' debate live from County Hall. I don't suppose that any meeja studies graduate in the 'atmospherics' department at Aunty has thought to provide a suitable soundtrack (as Hurricane St Jude - patron of lost causes -gathers in force). Try this. (http:www.youtube.comwatch?v=1aKAH_t0aXA). George Osborne likes it. 'nuff said

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    martin wallis

    Sunday, October 27, 2013

  • These weather forecasters always seem to play it safe these days and state the worst possible scenario in order not to get caught out. As far as I can see and using the Wind Guru site which a lot of sea going inshore skippers rely on, it doesn't look as if it's going to be too bad with possible wind gusts up to 52 mph around 9am Mon morning.

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    Unemployed and Luvin it.

    Friday, October 25, 2013

  • Are they referring to the weather or the meeting of charlatans at county hall next week?

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    John L Norton

    Saturday, October 26, 2013

  • Whats your meeting about at County Hall next week John?

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    Piranha24

    Sunday, October 27, 2013

  • One of the strongest storms in years could batter East Anglia BUT if you look at the 5 day weather forecast it shows Monday to be cloudy, possible rain and some sunshine with wind speed of 11 after dropping from 16. Whoever does the forecast on here should look at the national weather forecast first.

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    JEN

    Friday, October 25, 2013

  • "the fact that many trees still has (sic) leaves on them " - spellcheck is not enough! Maybe the horror of the thought of the imminent bit of wind distracted this hack.

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    peter blyth

    Sunday, October 27, 2013

  • Don't Panic, Don't Panic. thank you Jones that's enough!!

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    ggj666

    Saturday, October 26, 2013

  • At least it is half term for a lot of schools, so there will be less traffic on the roads....

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    lucy

    Sunday, October 27, 2013

  • Hello ....." Sprout " has turned into a fake Pole.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Saturday, October 26, 2013

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