Stroud to be hit by 55mph winds
GLOUCESTERSHIRE has been told to ‘prepare for the worst’ ahead of a storm which is expected to bring some of the strongest winds for a number of years.
The weather front, which has been named the St Jude Storm, is sweeping in from the Gulf of Mexico and across the Atlantic and is forecast to hit the South West some time on Sunday or in the early hours of Monday.
A severe weather warning has been issued across the region for both days and the public has been told to brace itself for the worst as the storm is expected to bring winds of 90 miles per hour and around 30 millimetres of rain.
Stroud is set to be hit by winds of 55 miles per hour on Monday.
According to the Met Office there is some uncertainty about the timing, intensity and track of the storm however the public should be prepared for the risk of falling trees as well as damage to buildings and other structures, bringing disruption to transport and power supplies.
Eddy Carroll, chief forecaster at the Met Office, said: "There is still a chance this storm may take a more southerly track and miss the UK, but people should be aware there is a risk of severe weather and significant disruption.
“With that in mind the public should keep up to date with and act on the advice in our forecasts and warnings as the situation develops."
Normally Atlantic storms of this type develop much further to the west of the UK and are waning in strength by the time they reach the UK and Ireland.
This storm is more unusual, developing much closer to the UK and potentially tracking across the country while still in its most powerful phase.
If the storm arrives in line with current predictions some areas could see some of the strongest winds for a number of years.
The Environment Agency has also warned of flooding in the South West early next week.
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