Hurricane Younes will wreak havoc in Britain with 100-mile-per-hour ‘jet-sting’ winds in just a few hours as schools close, troops ready for deployment and Britain’s ‘life-threatening’ flood. Will be ready
The storm is set to become the worst in more than 30 years, with scientists warning that it will include rare and severe gusts that were last seen during the Great Storm of 1987.
Today’s hurricane will be less severe in terms of wind speed than recorded 35 years ago, when the country was blasted at a speed of 120 miles per hour.
However, the structure of the storms is the same – meaning Younes could be worse off than expected, said Dr. Ambrogio Volont of the University of Reading. Daily Mail.
This phenomenon was first discovered in 2003 by academics analyzing satellite images and weather data.
They found that ‘sting’ occurs when vapors form at the end of a particular type of cloud and a series of strong winds of 100 miles per hour or more on the earth.
The cloud is tilted like a scorpion’s tail, where this anomaly is named.
The sting jet is much narrower than the size of a hurricane – only 30 miles away – and lasts only three or four hours.
However, it does bring unusually strong and destructive winds.
As the UK prepares for Hurricane Younis …
Dr. Volunte said there was more to predicting than just predicting.
Younes is a ‘bomb cyclone’ – just like Hurricane 1987.
“They show a significantly faster drop in pressure – more than 24 millibars in just 24 hours,” he said.
This means that the storm can move even faster, causing strong winds to knock down trees and damage buildings.
Schools and attractions across the country will remain closed today as Britons are urged to stay home and not travel.
The severe weather front was upgraded to a rare red warning following the devastation caused by Hurricane Dudley on Wednesday night.
The West and Wales will be directly on the fire line. Troops are working to deploy to areas most affected by the storm.
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Ten ‘severe’ flood warnings have been issued.
The four belong to the Severn Story, which flows through the Bristol Channel between England and Wales.
Three more rivers are for the Severn, the longest river in Britain.
Stretches from Hampstead, Munster Worth and Stonebench, and Sandhurst and Mysmore, all in Gloucestershire, were affected.
Brockweir in Gloucestershire and Wye Estuary in Elmdale, and Chepstow in Monmouthshire are also under strong warning.
A further 26 flood warnings were issued in New Forest, Dorset, Isle of Wight, Lake District, Mercy Side, Cornwall and Devon.
And 91 mild flood warnings have also been issued.
Meanwhile, people in North Yorkshire, Pennsylvania, Lancashire and upstream Severn will be warned to calm down over the weekend.
Strong winds will blow across the country for most of the day.
Meteorologists say Devon, Cornwall and Somerset areas, as well as the south coast of Wales, will see “flying debris, endangering lives.”
He warned that from this morning onwards, trees would be uprooted, power lines would fall and roofs would be uprooted.
Major events have already been announced in Avon and Somerset and Cornwall.
Schools in Bristol, Somerset and Wales will remain closed due to concerns that students and teachers may be at risk of traveling to class.
Roads, bridges and railway lines across the country may be closed, bus and train services, as well as flight delays and cancellations are expected.
Passengers are urged to reconsider their journey amid warnings that strong winds will blow trees on train tracks.
A Network Rail spokesman said the disruption was “inevitable.” Speed of 50 miles per hour will be restricted in most places.
The Southwestern Railway, which covers most of the region, said its entire network would be restricted for most days on Friday.
London North Eastern Railway has revealed that it will operate less service between Kings Cross and York / Leeds.
Meanwhile, the government convened a meeting of the White Hall Emergency COBRA Committee on Thursday morning.
What warnings exist, and when do they take effect?
- Yellow Warning for 40-70 mph winds between 7am and 6pm in Northern Ireland, Northern England and parts of the Midlands.
- For Scotland and parts of northern England there is a yellow warning for two to five centimeters of snow on the ground and 10 to 30 centimeters of snow on the hills between 3am and 6pm.
- Amber warnings are issued for winds of 60-80 mph in most parts of England from 3am to 9pm.
- In the western part of the country and in some parts of Wales, a red wind warning of 70-90 mph is issued from 7 am to noon.
Boris Johnson confirmed that the army was on standby after Hurricane Dudley on Wednesday.
Speaking to RAF Waddington yesterday, he said: “For those who have already been affected by Hurricane Dudley, we are offering all possible assistance.
“My sympathies are with the people who are still without power – we are working with the power companies, the local authorities to get their juices back as soon as possible.
“But of course the army is on standby.”
All trains in Wales have been canceled, while the Southeast, West Coast and East Midlands Railways have also appealed to people not to travel.
Airports, including Gatwick and Stansted, are advising customers to check the status of their flights before leaving home.
Although the central and southern regions will be hardest hit, people in the far north of England, as well as Scotland residents, have been warned to avoid snow.
Yellow warnings are being issued in these areas.