Storm Ellen 19/8/20 – update

This post is now outdated and has been replaced with this as the most recent update

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

Good afternoon and welcome to the latest blog post covering Storm Ellen and its impacts for the Western Isles and the UK as a whole. The main area covered by this blog is the Western Isles. However I will also focus on UK when significant weather occurs.

Storm Ellen is the 5th Named storm of the 2019/20 North Atlantic named storms by the UK, Irish and Dutch Met Office.

Updates on previous named storms can be found here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-storm-centre/index

Multiple weather warnings have been issued across the UK.

The yellow weather warning from today 2000 Wednesday till 0400 Friday. This now covers the Southern half of the Western Isles.

A yellow weather warning has been issued for Northern Ireland from midnight till 0800.

An additional weather warning has been issued for Friday cover large parts of the UK.

For the very latest Met Office warnings https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2020-08-19

Impacts for the Western Isles

The Uists and Barra.

So this is the area of the weather warning. This is where the strongest of the winds will be. We are expecting the winds to increase during this evening but staying mainly dry. Winds gusting 30 mph by the end of the day.

Overnight we are going to see the winds increasing further gusting 30 to 40 mph. Some gusts reaching 50 mph at times with spells of rain which will be heavy at times possibly thundery.

Morning is when we are expecting to see strongest of the winds during the peak of this storm for this area. Winds gusting 40 to 50 mph. At times reaching 60 mph. Winds in excess of 60 mph cannot be ruled out and we could see 65 to maybe even 70 mph. But there is a lower certainty on that. This will be accompanied by further spells of rain which will be heavy and showery and at times merging into some longer spells of rain.

Afternoon and evening – Once again further spells of rain. These will be showery and heavy but in between we should see some decent and prolonged sunshine. However it will remain windy. Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph at times reaching 50 mph.

Overnight into Friday – Winds will drop off and we will see further spells of rain. To end the night winds will be under 20 mph for most places.

Lewis and Harris

The impacts will be less for Lewis and Harris but they are entirely ruled out. Here winds will gust 30 to 40 mph widely during the time period till Friday morning. Some gusts reaching 50 mph for a time. Again some showers and outbreaks of rain at times but plenty of dry conditions.

Worth being weather aware if you have any outdoor plans in the coming days.

I will of course keep you updated over the course of the coming days.

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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