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Ex tropical Storm Helene set to batter Ayrshire with 80mph winds

Ex tropical Storm Helene is currently on track to hit Ayrshire on the early hours of Tuesday morning and during the morning rush hour with 80mph winds.

Currently Helene a tropical storm and now ex hurricane is passing over the Azores however just before she hits the UK she will be downgraded to an Ex tropical Storm however this doesn't make it have less of an impact.

Helene will be picked up by our currently strong jet stream and moved NE across Ireland then over Scotland in return this means that Ayrshire will face the brunt of Helene with wind gusts between 60 and 80mph along with heavy rain at times.

The MetOffice has issued the following Yellow warning for Wind however this is expected to be upgraded to Amber very soon.

Between 18:00 Mon 17th and 12:00 Tue 18th

"Storm Helene is expected to bring a period of very strong winds to western parts of the UK late Monday and for a time on Tuesday."

What to expect

  • Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible.

  • Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible.

  • Some roads and bridges may close. Fallen trees may be an additional hazard.

  • There is a small chance that injuries could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts.

  • There is a chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage

Further details

Storm Helene is expected to push north-east towards the UK late Monday, before clearing quickly to the north of Scotland through Tuesday morning.

There remains large uncertainty in Helene's exact track, however a spell of very strong winds is expected, initially for parts of south-west England and west Wales, then later south-west Scotland and the south-east of Northern Ireland.

Winds are likely to gust to 55-65 mph quite widely in the warning area, with possible gusts of 70-80 mph in exposure.


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