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Weather: Storm Hector rattles through

Storm Hector is now starting to pull away from the UK.

But not before bringing unusually windy conditions for June.

Credit: Garry Hornby

High ground at Great Dun Fell in Cumbria recorded a gust of 100mph!

At lower levels the wind was strong enough to break branched and bring down trees.

Weather: Storm Hector

A very windy spell will develop during Wednesday night in association with a deep area of low pressure, now named Storm Hector.

The strongest winds will reach Northern Ireland during the early hours of Thursday before spreading eastwards across other northern parts of the UK during the morning.

Westerly winds are likely to gust between 50 and 60 mph in many areas and possibly around 70 mph in some exposed locations.

Winds should gradually ease from the west during Thursday afternoon.

Weather: Turning wet and windy

After a spell of calm and mostly warm weather there is a significant change on the way.

Very windy conditions are expected on Thursday with gusts of 50 to 60 mph likely.

The Met Office say:

  • There is a small chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected
  • There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs
  • There is a slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties
  • There is a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris
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