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Fears of flooding and "dangerous sea conditions" as Storm Ellen's 70-mile gales stir the tide


Storm Ellen will continue to hit the UK with storm surges expected before the weekend with the potential for travel disruptions and flooding.

More than 50,000 households and businesses in Ireland will be left without power as the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning of high winds in England, Wales and parts of Scotland that will last until 6pm on Friday.

For inland areas, gusts of 45 to 50 miles per hour are forecast, reaching up to 60 miles per hour on coastlines and hills, and putting other power lines at risk if branches fall.

The Met Office said high winds could cause delays in road, rail, air and ferry transportation and potentially temporary power outages. In the meantime, the tides and waves have threatened the coastal houses with flooding.

Rescue services have urged the public to be extra careful in windy conditions, especially along the coast where many people enjoy the August beach vacation.

Matthew Box, a Met Office meteorologist, told MailOnline, “Friday will be a windy day for many as an area of ​​low pressure brings strong winds.

& # 39; Gusts will reach 40-50 miles per hour inland and 50-60 miles per hour on exposed coasts. Gusts could reach 100 km / h in exposed parts of Wales.

“If the trees are still in the leaf, the wind can topple branches and cause disruption if power lines fall.

"We also have spring-like tides at the moment, which will hit the coast with big waves."

The Met Office warned of high winds in England, Wales and parts of Scotland that lasted until 6 p.m. on Friday

The Met Office warned of high winds in England, Wales and parts of Scotland that lasted until 6 p.m. on Friday

Huge waves from Storm Ellen hit the cliffs and coastal defenses of Porthleven in Cornwall at sunrise at high tide on a morning storm from Storm Ellen

Huge waves from Storm Ellen hit the cliffs and coastal defenses of Porthleven in Cornwall at sunrise at high tide on a morning storm from Storm Ellen

Waves break over the promenade in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales as Storm Ellen hits Ireland and western parts of the UK

Waves break over the promenade in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales as Storm Ellen hits Ireland and western parts of the UK

Huge waves from Storm Ellen hit the cliffs and coastal defenses of Porthleven in Cornwall at sunrise at high tide on a morning storm from Storm Ellen

Huge waves from Storm Ellen hit the cliffs and coastal defenses of Porthleven in Cornwall at sunrise at high tide on a morning storm from Storm Ellen

North Wales has flood and storm warnings on the coast as the threat is compounded by spring tides, which are likely to create large seas.

Some customers may have to go without electricity beyond Friday, electricity network operator ESB Networks said. It was restored for around 140,000 users during the day.

In an ESB statement it says: "We advise everyone affected by outages to prepare to be without power overnight and until tomorrow – with some customers possibly without power beyond that."

Experts warn that extreme weather will occur "more often".

The UK has shifted from a record-breaking August heat wave to storms of 70 mph, flooding and pouring rain.

But these extreme weather events are likely to occur more, not less, with the explanation likely being due to climate change.

Luke Miall, a forecaster at the Met Office, told the Telegraph that Storm Ellen will be felt "for the next few days" and "won't be coming through very quickly, so we'll continue to see a really large area of ​​low pressure until." Rest of this week & # 39 ;.

He added: “We have gone from one extreme to the other. The first thing that comes to my mind when something like this happens is climate change.

& # 39; We'll likely see these fluctuations more often in extreme events.

"While I couldn't necessarily say that these two events were directly caused by climate change, it is likely that these types of weather fluctuations are more common."

It has been confirmed that 50,000 households and businesses are expected to be without electricity on Thursday evening.

"The crews will continue to work tonight and mobilize again in the first light to restore the rest over the course of tomorrow, Friday."

The Environment Agency has issued 42 flood warnings and 19 flood warnings urging people to act immediately, mainly along the south and south-west coasts of England.

They warn that a combination of high tide, strong winds and big waves on Thursday evening or Friday morning can lead to flooding.

The agency warned people in the south-west not to "watch waves" and "stay away from sea promenades and exposed coastal areas" as tidal gates were closed on the south coast of Cornwall.

Natural Resources Wales has also issued seven flood warnings for the country's south west coast.

Devon and Cornwall Police have warned the public to be wary of "storm conditions" in their area, particularly on the coast where waves can reach ten feet.

The armed forces said high winds could bring "dangerous seas and strong currents" and urged beach goers to check the tides, stick to lifeless beaches, be aware that water sports can be unsafe and avoid storm watching .

Chief Inspector Tom Cunningham said, “We recognize that there are many thousands of tourists in our coastal communities right now who may not have experienced conditions that we expect or are aware of the dangers they can bring.

“We would ask everyone to follow the advice of the RNLI and HM Coastguard in not endangering ourselves or the rescue workers by entering dangerous waters.

"Beaches attract tourists to our region, but our coast has to be respected by everyone."

In Dawlish, Devon, a train passes waves as gusts of up to 100 km / h are reported to hit exposed coastal areas. It comes as Storm Ellen moves on, leaving behind more wet and windy weather

In Dawlish, Devon, a train passes waves as gusts of up to 100 km / h are reported to hit exposed coastal areas. It comes as Storm Ellen moves on, leaving behind more wet and windy weather

Storm Ellen swept Ireland, causing tree felling and disruption to communities

The streets were blocked with wayward trampolines and trees

Storm Ellen swept through Ireland, cutting trees and causing disruption in communities. The streets were blocked with wayward trampolines (left) and trees (right).

HM Coast Guard urged people to be extra careful in windy weather, adding on Twitter: “The southwest coast will be a bit bumpy for the next few days, with dangerous sea conditions expected to include large waves, strong winds and spring tides . & # 39;

On Wednesday, Roches Point, at the entrance to Cork Harbor, was hit by gusts of 100 km / h as Ireland bore the initial brunt of the unusual weather that swept the British Isles.

The footage on social media showed high winds and sparkling power lines in Cobh, Ireland, while Holly Corkns, TD of West Cork, posted a video about flooding in Skibbereen.

Millions of people who have taken breaks from home in the UK continue to face demolished tents, power outages and travel disruptions as winds typically seen in winter roll through the area.

Ellen, Britain's worst storm in six months since Storm Dennis on February 15, was featured in dramatic satellite imagery and maps on Tuesday.

The west will continue to see the strongest winds for the next few days, but gusts of wind at 40 km / h are also expected in parts of the east.

Surf in excess of 15 feet was seen on the Cornish coast this week and nearly 100 homes have been blacked out by power outages in the area The environmental agency warned of flooding.

A four-day buffeting with strong winds is expected to last until Sunday, with the rain subsiding after yesterday.

Ellen, which contains the remains of Tropical Storm Kyle, is the first storm named by the Met Office or Ireland's Met Eireann during the school summer break since they started naming Atlantic storms in 2015.

Ellen is known by forecasters as a "weather bomb" because of her "explosive cyclogenesis", since her air pressure drops by more than 24 milibars within 24 hours.

The storm's air pressure fell 34MB to 965MB in the 24 hours to midnight on Tuesday, Met Office forecasts showed.

Marco Petagna, Met Office forecaster, said: “Storm Ellen's very unusual conditions come with the tourist season in full swing and the trees in full leaf.

The crazy weather was seen yesterday morning

Winds up to 100 km / h were recorded at Pembrey Sands in Wales when Storm Ellen hit Ireland and western parts of the UK, the Met Office said

Ellen, Britain's worst storm in six months since Storm Dennis on February 15, has been amplified into a 900 mile wide "weather bomb" and weather warnings remain in place

& # 39; The low pressure is deepening and warnings for winds above 100 km / h are issued in some exposed areas.

& # 39; Thursday and Friday will be wet and windy, with more strong winds and heavy rainbands.

"And on some west coasts, large waves will develop that combine with high tide."

Staycationers face the brunt of the storm. One forecaster claims summer will long be forgotten as days of heavy rain will hit the nation.

A Met Office forecaster said, "Summer will be long forgotten when the rain and wind set in. It will feel a lot more like autumn."

"A" weather bomb "is not a perfect meteorological term, but is defined as an intense low-pressure system with a central pressure that falls by 24 millibars within 24 hours."

The Environment Agency said: “Local flooding is possible on Thursday evenings in the Southwest from surface water and rivers and on Thursday and Friday from large waves and floods in the Southwest, Wales and the Northeast.

"Land, roads, and some properties can be flooded and travel disruptions can occur."

Dramatic satellite imagery and maps show Storm Ellen arriving on Wednesday

Dramatic satellite imagery and maps show Storm Ellen arriving on Wednesday

It comes after the Met Office warned that we could see up to 50mm of rain over higher ground within six hours.

Ellen has already devastated Britain. A dramatic rescue operation was launched on Wednesday morning after a yacht was "torn" from its anchor and driven over 100 km / h to a West Country beach in the fury of the howling winds of the storm.

The Coast Guard said the yacht was blown ashore from its sea anchorage at Wherrytown near Penzance, Cornwall. One person was on board and was safely rescued by Penlee Station and the Coast Guard after a joint operation with an RNLI lifeboat crew.

Engineers struggled to restore supplies to properties near Falmouth, Par, Gunnislake and Porthleven.

When police warned the storm would turn roads into deadly runners, a driver was rescued when his car skid and overturned on the A38 in Plymouth, Devon this morning.

Another accident was reported on the B3285 in Goonhavern, Cornwall, and fallen trees blocked the roads in Liskeard and on the A380 Teignmouth Road in Devon.

The parking lot at the Tesco store in Truro has been turned into a lake by pouring rain.

A storm warning went into effect at 8 p.m. yesterday and gusts of up to 65 mph were forecast inland along with gusts of 70 mph along the coast.

Huge waves hit exposed beaches overlooking the Atlantic in north Devon and Cornwall, causing beachgoers and walkers to take cover while tourists were warned not to stand on boardwalks or rocks and take selfies in the storm – or they could ins Sea will be swept and drown.

The stormy conditions mark a dramatic turn from the UK's extreme heat wave to last week, which recorded temperatures of at least 34 ° C (93 ° F) for the first time in six consecutive days.

Barnstaple, Devon, residents are still mopping up after the pouring rain flooded shops and homes earlier this week.

Now they have been hit by another soaking after the last storm yesterday tore its way through Ireland and headed for the UK.

Most of the UK can expect strong winds and rain in the coming days, the Met Office warned.

Steve Ramsdale, Chief Meteorologist for the Office said, “After the recent hot and thundering weather, we are seeing a significant change in very unexplained conditions in August with an unusual bout of high winds associated with low pressure centers in the second half of the week.

& # 39; The uncertainty in the intensity of these systems is still high at this point, but we are confident that a period of much windier weather will change.

"Tropical air associated with a decayed tropical cyclone is drawn into Britain, and the stark contrast between that warm and humid air and normal North Atlantic air masses can make for a very powerful system."

He described it as a "very strong" weather system created by the warm and humid air of a decayed tropical cyclone with normal North Atlantic air masses.

Temperatures are much lower than they have been for the past 10 days when many places were over 86 ° F of heat.

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