May 20, 2022

The Meteorological Department has issued two yellow severe weather warnings covering the southwestern parts of the country for Sunday and Monday.

The warnings, which will continue from noon tomorrow to Monday afternoon, warn that strong winds, especially tonight and short hours, could cause disruption.

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A 64-mile-per-hour gust of wind is predicted to hit the Stranraer on Monday morning.

The two warnings cover Dumfries and Galway, parts of South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, as well as the Canterbury Peninsula and Aran.

Caledonian MacBrayne has stated that due to bad weather forecast, some of its services are responsible for interruption or cancellation on short notice.

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Some scheduled ships, such as the Uig to Tarbet, will depart earlier today than usual due to strong winds.

The Stranraer is ready to withstand strong gusts of wind. Photo: Andy Farrington

The new hurricane has not yet been officially named but is expected to be called Franklin.

The Meteorological Department said that in those areas of Scotland which are said to be affected by the strongest winds, light winds will start from today, with which the westerly winds will eventually reach the strength of the storm.

Yellow wind warnings also cover the northwest of England. There are also yellow warnings for wind and rain in most parts of the UK.

Greg Dehurst, a senior meteorologist at the Met Office, warned passengers to be prepared for more windy weather in the coming days.

He said it would not take long for the winds to blow again on Sunday, which would start another windy day across the UK.

This comes at a time when millions of homes in England were still without power after Hurricane Younis hit the UK yesterday, with insurers pointing out that cleaning could cost more than 300 million.

At least four people were killed during one of the worst storms in decades in Britain and Ireland, with a 122 mph hurricane temporarily recorded on needles on the Isle of White, if confirmed. This would be the largest hurricane ever recorded in England.

Cleaning efforts may be hampered by wet, windy and icy weather in some places.

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) said about 400,000 homes had no electricity on Friday night, with network providers reporting 156,000 for UK power networks, 120,000 for Scottish and Southern, and Western Power. Recorded 112,000 for, 6,000 for Northern and 156,000 for Electric Power. West.

Footage captured online was of planes struggling to land in high winds, damage to the roof of the O2 Arena in London, and falling to the ground at St. Thomas Church Spire in Somerset, Wales.

A spokesman for the British Insurers Association said: “It is too early to estimate the potential insured cost of Hurricane Younes, when insurers will focus on assessing the loss and helping their customers recover.

“No two hurricanes are alike. Insurers paid more than 60 360m for the last major hurricane to hit the UK – Ciara and Dennis.”

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