Channel Islands bear the brunt of storm

Sophia Bird

The media has been alive with stories of the potential havoc 'Storm Doris' would cause.

In reality, the UK Met Office never named this particular storm, as the impact wasn't thought to be strong enough. It was in fact the media who christened this violent spell of weather.

But anyway, name or no name, a storm is on its way...!

A low pressure cell has come closer to the Channel Islands than the UK, and means we'll be harder hit than the mainland.

This week, the UK Met office told us about the storm developing the other side of the Atlantic - in fact it originated near the Rockies.

As is always the case, it has taken time to see it develop (in this case a week!) and the exact direction has been difficult to forecast.

By 10am this morning, it was clear it was far enough south not to have a significant impact on the UK. However, the south coast of England and the Channel Islands are set to bear the brunt.

In the middle of the week Jersey Met issued an amber warning for severe gale force winds with gusts of up to 70mph for Friday.

Their forecasts have been very accurate, with no changes being made in the run up to the storm's arrival.

The folk at the Jersey Met have forecasted the worst of the winds to be mid-afternoon on Friday, with the gusts slowly easing overnight.

Its not just the wind that will be a weather feature over the next 12 hours, there will also be a reasonable amount of rainfall, with 4-6mm forecasted for Friday afternoon.

Another band of heavy rain is forecast to move in after midnight, with possibly a further 10mm falling in the islands - helping to stem the lack of rain we have had this winter.

So anyway, it's set to be pretty wet and windy so take care when you're heading outdoors.

And if you're still confused about her name, hopefully this explanation can help!