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Will Storm Ali hit Birmingham? When and where 80mph winds set to batter UK revealed

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 18/09/2018 James Rodger
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Dangerous flying debris and travel cancellations are expected as the first named storm of the season brings strong winds of up to 80mph to the UK and Ireland.

But, thankfully, it appears Birmingham won't be impacted too harshly by the battering winds, strengthening gales and blustery showers.

The Met Office has issued a number of severe weather warnings.

But the West Midlands remains unaffected.

Amber severe weather warnings for the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland were issued.

It comes ahead of Storm Ali's arrival in the early hours of Wednesday.

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Journeys by road, rail and air are likely to be disrupted and the conditions could also damage buildings, lead to power cuts and blow over trees.

Ali is first on the storm names list for 2018-19 announced by the Met Office and Met Eireann, which has run the Name Our Storms scheme for four years.

The season's names have been compiled from a list of submissions by the public, choosing some of the most popular names and also selecting those which reflect the nations, culture and diversity of the UK and Ireland.

The practice is aimed at raising awareness of severe weather before it hits, with polling finding almost 80% of people think naming storms is useful in making them realise severe weather may have a greater impact than normal.

Flying debris is likely and could pose a danger to life, the Met Office added.

Milder yellow wind warnings were also issued across Northern Ireland, Scotland, the north of England and Wales on Wednesday.

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The amber warnings are in place from 8am to 5pm, while the yellow alerts are scheduled from 6am to 10pm.

Forecasters cancelled a wind warning for Tuesday due to gusts not meeting the power threshold as Storm Helene fades away.

Meteorologist Dean Hall said parts of the UK felt gusts of about 30-40mph on Tuesday morning, with wind speeds reaching 50mph in parts of Wales.

Storm Helene, which started as a hurricane, was named by the US National Hurricane Centre and not the Met Office, so does not officially count as part of the UK named storm season despite making it to Britain and Ireland.

Helene, which was downgraded after initial warnings it may pose a risk to life, is moving away towards the north east and will have moved on by Wednesday.

"We've got rain currently across Scotland, northern England, eastern parts of Northern Ireland, associated with what was Storm Helene," Mr Hall said.

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Wednesday could see winds of 60-70mph, the forecaster said, adding: "Certainly we could see close to 80mph, possibly even higher miles per hour in exposed areas in the far north of the country."

Meteorologist Bonnie Diamond added: "Winds will build quite quickly through the morning and remain very strong.

"Temperatures will remain fairly mild though as it brings in mild air from the Atlantic.

"Moving into Thursday we will see widespread heavy and persistent rain which looks set to change to sunshine and showers on Friday, before becoming more settled on Saturday."

Temperatures remain above average for this time of year with 24C (75F) possible in London on Tuesday after the mercury hit 26C (79F) in the capital on Monday.

The full list of storm names for 2018/2019 is: Ali, Bronagh, Callum, Deirdre, Erik, Freya, Gareth, Hannah, Idris, Jane, Kevin, Lily, Max, Niamh, Oliver, Peggy, Ross, Saoirse, Tristan, Violet and Wyn.

Winds of 80mph could hit parts of Scotland putting lives at risk as Storm Ali sweeps across the country, forecasters have warned.

The Met Office has issued alerts warning of "danger to life" with an amber warning in place for central and southern Scotland, Strathclyde, Tayside and Fife while the rest of the country is covered by a yellow alert.

Forecasters warn that Storm Ali, the first named storm of the season, is expected to bring a very windy spell of weather with gusts of 65-75 mph inland and up to 80mph at times, particularly on high ground and in coastal areas.

They said flying debris is likely and could lead to injuries or danger to life, while there will probably be some damage to buildings.

Travel is likely to be disrupted while there may also be power cuts.

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Met office spokesman Grahame Madge said: "The whole of Scotland is affected to a greater or lesser extent. The amber warning covers central Scotland and up the east coast as far as Aberdeen, southern Scotland and up the west coast as far as Oban.

"It's going to be particularly windy and the impact we would expect would be flying debris, and with trees still in full leaf they are more vulnerable to toppling.

"Given the direction the winds are coming from west and north facing coasts could be subject to large waves and there is potential for disruption to transport."

The amber warning is in force between 8am and 5pm on Wednesday, with winds expected to ease from the west through the afternoon.

The whole of Scotland is covered by the yellow warning from 6am until 10pm on Wednesday, which warns that a spell of very windy weather will sweep the country with gusts of 50-60 mph possible inland.

Where will Storm Ali hit?

Warnings are in place for the following areas from 6am on Wednesday:

Scotland

Central, Tayside and Fife: Angus, Clackmannanshire, Dundee, Falkirk, Fife, Perth and Kinross, Stirling.

Grampian: Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray.

Highlands and Eilean Siar: Na h-Eileanan Siar, Highland.

Orkney and Shetland islands

South West and Lothian Borders: Dumfries and Galloway, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Midlothian Council, Scottish Borders, West Lothian.

Strathclyde: Argyll and Bute, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire.

England

North East: Darlington, Durham, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, Northumberland,Redcar and Cleveland, South Tyneside, Stockton-on-Tees, Sunderland.

North West: Cumbria, Lancashire.

Yorkshire and Humber: North Yorkshire.

Northern Ireland

County Antrim, County Armagh, County Down, County Fermanagh, County Londonderry, County Tyrone.

Wales

Conwy, Denbighshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey.

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