Storm Francis 24/8/20

This is now out date and the latest information can be found on this blog post here https://westernislesweather.com/2020/08/25/storm-francis-25-8-20-morning-update/

The 6th named Storm of the 2019/20 season for the North Atlantic has been named by the UK Met Office Storm Francis.

This follows on from Atiyah on the 6 December 2019, Brendan on the 11th January, Ciara on the 5th February, Dennis 11th February and Ellen 18th August.

This is the second name storm to impact the UK in the space of 10 days. The next list for 2020/21 season will be released some time in September.

Warnings

Weather warnings have been issued for Storm Francis.

First is a Yellow weather warning for strong winds.

The warning text from the chief forecaster

A spell of very strong winds is likely to develop across the southwest of England and Wales later on Tuesday morning, before spreading east across other parts of England and Wales during the afternoon and evening, clearing into the North Sea on Wednesday morning. Gusts are likely to reach 55-60 mph for quite a few places, with exposed coasts and hills seeing gusts of around 70 mph. Whilst not exceptional, winds this strong are unusual for August and they will be accompanied by some heavy rain in places, with possible transport disruption and impacts on outdoor activities.

A yellow weather warning for rain for all day Tuesday into Wednesday morning.

Again the chief forecasters text forecast for the above warning

Storm Francis will bring another spell of very wet and windy weather during Tuesday and early Wednesday. Total rainfall accumulations are expected to reach 20 to 40 mm widely across the area with as much as 60-90 mm for parts of Northern Ireland and south-west Scotland, particularly over high ground. Strong east to north-easterly winds are also expected to develop, with gusts of 50 mph affecting exposed coasts and hills.

and another yellow weather warning for rain

The Chief forecasters text forecast for the above warning

Storm Francis will bring another spell of very wet and windy weather during Tuesday and early Wednesday. Total rainfall accumulations are expected to reach 20 to 40 mm widely across the area, whilst over hills larger totals are likely with as much as 60-80 mm in a few places.

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?

As of 1300 on Monday 24th August there are no weather warnings in force for the Western Isles.

Impacts for us are minimal. There has already been warnings from Calmac about disruption and cancelation to some services due to the adverse website. Please refer to there app or website for the very latest.

For most on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Western Isles it will be fine and dry day. It will be fairly windy with winds gusting 30 to 40 mph at times reaching 50 mph. We are no expecting to see wind as strong as Storm Ellen.

Rain could clip Barra for a time during the afternoon and into the evening. But the worst of the weather will stay to our South.

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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