Storm Ellen – 18/8/20 update.

This blog post is now out of date. Please see this one for the very latest

https://westernislesweather.com/2020/08/19/storm-ellen-19-8-20-update/

The 5th named Storm of the 2019/20 season for the North Atlantic has been named by the Irish Met Office Storm Ellen.

This follows on from Atiyah on the 6 December 2019, Brendan on the 11th January, Ciara on the 5th February and Dennis 11th February.

Storms are not massively unusually in the Summer. We usually get a couple of strong ones. This storm system has some fairly tight isobars and not massively surprised with the wind speeds being forecast.

Warnings

Weather warnings have been issued for Storm Ellen.

A Yellow wind warning for Wednesday into Thursday.

The text warning from the chief forecaster at the Met Office

The latest updates from the Met warnings can be found here –

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2020-08-18

The Irish Met office has also issued status Orange and Yellow warnings

https://www.met.ie/warnings

What are the impacts for the Western Isles?

*this is an update version of earlier post not much has changed for us **

As of 21:00 Tuesday evening no weather warnings have been issued for our islands. There is uncertainty over impacts and exact location of the area of low pressure and how strong the winds will be things could change in the coming days if the day.

Across Thursday and Friday we are in the we are currently expecting to see. very heavy rain Thursday morning. Sunshine and showers there after and winds gusting 30 to 40 mph possible 50 mph for the Uists and Barra.

For Friday more the same with sunshine and spells of rain which will be heavy at times with winds gusting 30 to 40 mph. Nothing massively extreme or unusual for us. But again worth being weather aware if you outdoor plans.

I will keep you updated in the coming days on the very latest. Any impacts for us in the Western Isles and how the storm is impacting the rest of the UK.

Please note –

PLEASE DO NOT USE Western Isles Weather for the protection of life and property and as your only source. These warnings will be posted by us, time permitting, to this page. Please seek out the Met Office website or app for the very latest updates. Use the SEPA Website or Floodline contact number for the very latest updates on flooding risk. In the event of any extreme weather, follow any and all advice or guidance given by local emergency planning, Police, HM Coastguard etc.

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