Large parts of the UK are bracing for Storm Agnes, which is set to bring potentially damaging winds of up to 80mph.
The Met Office has issued a yellow wind warning for significant portions of the nation, starting from 10am on Wednesday and lasting until 7am on Thursday. The warning encompasses regions from the southwest of England, stretching to Scotland and extending across to Northern Ireland.
The imminent storm, named ‘Agnes’ by the Met Office, poses a “danger to life,” primarily from the potential of “injuries and danger from flying debris.” Coastal areas are particularly at risk with the office warning of “large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads, and properties.”
The winds, deemed as “significantly disruptive,” may also cause extensive damage to infrastructure, including buildings. Residents should anticipate power outages and travel disturbances due to the storm’s impact.
Mark Sidaway, Deputy Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, provided further insights into the storm’s progression: “A deep area of low pressure is forecasted to near southwest Ireland early on Wednesday, progressing across northern regions of the UK, and dissipating by early Thursday.”
He stressed the prevailing uncertainty regarding the exact path and might of the weather system. However, he noted, “The most probable scenario presently anticipates gusts ranging from 50 to 60mph affecting inland areas.”
More worrying for those near the coastlines, Sidaway added, “Certain Irish Sea coasts might witness gusts ranging from 65 to 75mph. There remains a slim possibility for gusts reaching a formidable 80mph on the most vulnerable coasts and headlands.”