Warning for strong winds as ‘remnants’ of Storm Kyle approach

Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning spanning two days this week, as the lasting remnants of tropical ‘Storm Kyle’ approach the South West.

The weather warning has been put in place for Wednesday and Thursday, and the forecaster says people should expect strong winds, and some disruption to travel and power supplies.

The warning comes as the Met Office said yesterday that more wet weather – and “unusually strong winds” – are coming on Wednesday, as the remnants of Tropical Storm Kyle sweeps into Devon and Cornwall from the south Atlantic.

Parts of the region have already seen “biblical” flash flooding as a result of thunderstorms which brought heavy rainfall.

Barnstaple was completely flooded, as what was described as “apocalyptic” rain came down across North Devon, rendering roads and properties waterlogged.

Flooding in Barnstaple closes roads
Flooding in Barnstaple closes roads
(Image: Bulletin Media)

The Met Office says some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely as a result of the strong winds, and some bus and train services may be affected, with some journeys taking longer.

Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges is likely, as is some short term loss of power and other services.

It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities affected by spray and/or large waves

Some damage to trees with debris on roads are possible given the time of year, according to the Exeter-based forecaster.

A weather map showing wind and rain spread across the South West from Wednesday morning
A weather map showing wind and rain spread across the South West from Wednesday morning
(Image: Met Office)

The weather warning comes into place in the South West at 8pm on Wednesday night, and is expected to reach its peak throughout the night, and persist throughout Thursday, when people are likely to see the worst of the winds.

A spokesperson for the Met Office told us that although it has been reported widely that Storm Kyle is on its way to the UK, the cyclone has mostly diminished, however remnants of the tropical storm will “influence” our weather systems in the coming days.

He said: “As far as we’re concerned, Kyle, which was a tropical cyclone has effectively burnt itself out.

“I think the National Hurricane Centre recognised that yesterday, but what we have is the influence of Kyle, which is helping to pep up our own weather.

“So, when you get these tropical cyclones, they draw up quite large amounts of tropical air, and that is effectively redistributed across the north Atlantic, which then becomes entrained within our own weather systems.

“So even though the intensity of Storm Kyle has worn out, the remnants of the system are still there influencing our more local development of weather systems, and that injection of warmer tropical air, being warmer and moist, can help pep up typical north Atlantic weather systems, which is what we’re going to see tomorrow night and Thursday.”

Speaking about how this will affect the South West, the Met Office said the influence of this system is going to be felt across the region.

They said: “It’s going to feel unseasonably windy with this system coming through, and that is obviously going to present additional risk and impact for people out looking to make the most of the region for water sports, outdoor leisure, for camping.

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The Met Office said the UK has not had a named storm during August since the storm-naming systems were put in place in 2015.

Although it hasn’t been named yet, the forecaster said the decision may be taken later by Met Éireann, who cover the weather forecasts for the Irish Republic.

“This is going to bring a lot of impact, that people may not be ready for, because of the time of year. You wouldn’t normally expect this kind of weather during mid-August, he continued.

“This hasn’t been named yet, but I think the Irish are looking at it, because the impact will be greater there than it will be in the South West. Even for the UK, wind strengths are going to be significant.

“No decision has been taken on naming yet, but that does remain a possibility. It’s up to the Irish really, we’re in contact with Met Éireann, who cover the weather forecasts for the Irish Republic, and it’s possible that they will consider naming it.”

How to stay safe during a storm

According to the Met Office, these are steps you can take to stay safe during a storm:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible
  • If you do go out, try not to walk or shelter close to buildings and trees
  • Keep away from the sheltered side of boundary walls and fences – if these structures fail, they will collapse on this side
  • Do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress
  • If possible, enter and leave your house through doors in the sheltered side, closing them behind you
  • Open internal doors only as needed, and close them behind you
  • Take care when driving on exposed routes such as bridges, or high open roads, delay your journey or find alternative routes if possible
  • Slow down and be aware of side winds, particular care should be taken if you are towing or are a high sided vehicle
  • Do not drive unless your journey is really necessary

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