The Met Office national weather center warned of falling trees, damage to buildings and disruption to power supplies and transport when the storm hits overnight to Monday.
Between 20 and
It will be followed by widespread gusts of 60 to
The Met Office issued an “amber” wind warning for the region, the third-highest in a four-level scale, and urged people to delay their Monday morning journeys to work to avoid the worst of the bad weather.
Prime Minister David Cameron received an update from officials on contingency planning in a conference call on Sunday, amid fears of similar damage wrought by the “Great Storm” of October 1987.
That left 18 people dead in Britain and four in France, felled 15 million trees and caused damages worth more than £1 billion ($1.6 billion or 1.2 billion euros at current exchange rates) as winds blew up to
Martin Young, chief forecaster at the Met Office, said: “While this is a major storm for the
“This weather system is typical of what we expect to see in winter but as it’s coming in during autumn—when trees are in leaf—and while the ground is fairly saturated, it does pose some risks.
“We could see some uprooted trees or other damage from the winds and there’s a chance of some surface water flooding from the rainfall—all of which could lead to some disruption.”
Veteran weather forecaster Michael Fish also said Sunday’s storm was unlikely to be as severe as 26 years ago, although his comments will be taken with a pinch of salt in
Fish was the BBC’s main television weatherman in 1987 but famously denied that a major storm was on its way just hours before it hit.
This year’s storm has been named St Jude after the patron saint of lost causes, whose feast day is on Monday.
It is likely to affect northern