BRITAIN is set to be battered by 80mph gales and floods on Friday as forecasters warned of a “danger to life”.
The Met Office has issued warnings that road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with journey times likely to be longer if so.
The storm has not been named yet by the Met Office, but a different broadcaster has suggested it could become a ‘named storm’, likely to be ‘Storm Deirdre’.
Inland gusts of 60-70mph are possible across north Wales, northern England, northern Ireland and all of Scotland.
In some exposed locations in northern Scotland, gusts will reach up to 80mph.
Heavy rainfall may be an additional hazard across parts of northern and western Scotland.
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The warning will come into effect at 3am on Friday and will remain in place until midnight.
A spokesperson for The Weather Channel said: “Based on the current forecast, it is possible that this storm will be named by the UK Met Office and Irish Met Éireann as Storm Deirdre, with high winds and surface flooding possible.”
Storm Deirdre will follow Ali, Bronagh and Callum, all of which impacted the UK with severe weather at various points in September and October.
The “danger to life” comes in areas where the 80mph winds may cause injuries from flying debris.
WHEN IS A STORM NAMED AND WHY DO WE NAME STORMS?
A storm will be named on the basis of ‘medium’ or high’ potential impacts from wind but also include the potential impacts of rain and snow.
If it has the potential to cause an amber “be prepared” or red “take action” warning, according to the criteria used by the National Severe Weather Warnings service, then it will be named.
The 2017-18 seasons saw ten storms named, from Aileen in September to Hector earlier this summer.
Last summer we also saw Ex-Hurrican Ophelia, named by the National Hurrican Center in the US.
Storms are named to raise awareness of severe weather before it hits.
Derrick Ryall, Head of Public Weather Services at the Met Office, said nameing storms prompts people “to take action to prevent harm to themselves or to their property.”
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