A 2,000-mile wide ‘weather bomb’ swept into Britain with 80mph winds today as Storm Gareth threatened to postpone Ladies’ Day at the Cheltenham Festival tomorrow. Meanwhile another BOMBOGENESIS is hitting Colorado RIGHT NOW!
A ‘danger to life’ warning from flying debris and waves was issued by forecasters who said Gareth – which covers a huge area from Iceland to Spain – will bring the worst period of weather since the 2018 Beast from the East.
#StormGareth (seen from space ?️) is already bringing #wet and #windy weather across the UK.— Met Office (@metoffice) March 12, 2019
Winds will pick up further for many, bringing the risk of disruption to travel and power supplies. Warnings are in force, so stay #weatheraware pic.twitter.com/c1ZvqqkXV2
The RAC said it was ‘Black Wednesday’ for travel thanks to dangers from fallen trees, debris and floods, plus traffic jams from more accidents and road closures – with 31,000 roadside call-outs expected across the UK tomorrow.
Wild at sea during this Bombogenesis:
“Sailors know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.”— HMS SUTHERLAND (@HMSSutherland) March 12, 2019
– Vincent Van Gogh#StormGareth pic.twitter.com/zsxn6iCmUJ
Warnings for high winds over England, Wales, Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland began at midday today and will run until 3pm tomorrow. The Scottish islands were hit first before the severe gusts spread across England.
Environment Agency staff worked through the night into today in Cumbria and Lancashire to monitor rain and river levels, with the Met Office expecting up to 2.4in (60mm) of rain over higher ground in the North West.