Storm Ellen 20/8/20 Update.

Good afternoon all this is my afternoon update on Storm Ellen and the very latest.

For the Western Isles the strongest wind speed so far has been 62 mph at the South Uist range site at 0700 and 36 mph at Stornoway at 0900 being the highest gust here.

Here are the highest wind speeds from Ireland that took the brunt of the winds overnight and into this morning. 143 km/h is 89 mph.

The most recent update of highest wind gusts came 8 hours ago from the Met Office

I will do a more in depth look back at top wind speeds in the coming days with a post Storm Ellen blog post.

The Yellow weather warning for winds where update this morning by the Met Office. The change factored an extension of the warning to cover Northern Ireland.

Winds are expected to remain strong across the east of Northern Ireland and the west of England, Wales and Scotland throughout Thursday and overnight into Friday. Whilst winds may ease at times showers are expected to bring squally gusts throughout the period. 40-50 mph gusts are likely inland at times with 50-60 mph gusts possible around exposed coasts, particularly overnight into Friday where there is a chance of 70 mph gusts around the exposed west coasts of Wales. These squally winds will be associated with showers and perhaps thunderstorms where heavy rain and lightning may prove additional hazards.

From the Met Office chief forecaster this is the text for the warning above.

The weather warning for Friday has also been update and extended for England, Wales and Scotland. This has not been updated on the Met Office Twitter feed yet.

Strong southwesterly winds are expected to develop across much of England, Wales and southern Scotland during Friday. Wind gusts of 45-50 mph are expected fairly widely inland with gusts of 55-60 mph possible around coasts and over hills. Winds are then expected to gradually ease during late afternoon and evening.

The latest warnings can be found here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2020-08-21&id=390e14b9-4d86-4d91-a464-fb799d7ac67c&details

Storm Ellen footage from Sky News

The latest from BBC News

I may do an additional blog later this evening if required but things on the whole should start calming down from the peak.

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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