October 31 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, October 27, 2013
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.
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.”