Storm Isha Sweeps Britain With Powerful Winds, Disrupting Travel
As a powerful storm was moving away from Britain on Monday afternoon after battering the country overnight with a
As a powerful storm was moving away from Britain on Monday afternoon after battering the country overnight with a top gust of wind of 99 miles per hour, another was forecast to settle over the region beginning Tuesday, according to the Met Office, the country’s weather service.
“It is rather unusual in bringing impacts to most of the U.K.,” Grahame Madge, a spokesman for the weather service, said of the fading system called Storm Isha.
Forecasters had issued a yellow weather warning until midday. The warning is routinely used when people are at risk from certain weather because of their location or activity, and it advises the public “to take preventative action,” according to the meteorological office’s website.
Late on Sunday night, the Met Office issued a red wind warning for overnight covering the northeast coast of Scotland and advised people not to use the roadways. A red warning advises the public to expect “a short spell of extremely strong winds leading to danger to life, structural damage and disruption.”
Wind gusts between 73 m.p.h. and 90 m.p.h. were recorded on Sunday, the weather office said.
Weather conditions had also caused headaches for travelers, particularly in Scotland. ScotRail, a train company that operates throughout the country, said on social media that it was forced to suspend service on Sunday night for safety reasons.
On Monday afternoon, the company said that trains were still unable to operate on most routes but it was beginning to reinstate some services.
Similarly, Southeastern, a rail service that connects London to East Sussex, said several of its lines were disrupted, prompting some stops to be skipped.
“In part, this system has been invigorated by the cold plunge in the east of North America,” said Mr. Madge, adding that the weather pattern “has created a very strong jet, which is helping and propel areas of low pressure, such as Storm Isha, across the North Atlantic.”
Met Éireann, Ireland’s meteorological service, also issued amber wind warnings for Sunday and Monday, with a status red storm warning covering coastal areas in the north of the country.
The service said that the storm was bringing “very strong” and “gusty southwesterly winds countrywide with strong gales” as well as high waves along coasts.
The service also said that “a status red severe weather warning is rarely issued but when it is, people in the areas expected to be affected should take action to protect themselves and/or their properties.”
As Storm Isha was moving out, another weather system was expected to sweep across Britain through the middle of the week, the Met Office said.
The next one, called Storm Jocelyn, is forecast to bring strong winds and heavy rain to Britain on Tuesday and into Wednesday.
Tuesday will start out bright, particularly in the east, but clouds and rain will quickly move in from the West. The winds will also pickup and temperatures will be mild for this time of year.
Wednesday will bring a mix of sunshine and blustery showers as winds are expected to remain strong.
Britain has had exceptional winter weather this season. Torrential rains that swept across parts of England this month prompted a wave of weather alerts and travel disruptions. Hundreds of flood alerts were also issued for various communities and rivers.
Orlando Mayorquin, Claire Moses and Derrick Bryson Taylor contributed reporting.