‘Weather bomb’ forces schools to shut as snow and 68mph winds batter UK

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Storm Barra has battered parts of Britain with a “weather bomb” of snow, rain and 68mph winds and is set to bring more disruption.

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The storm has brought thunderstorms and blizzards to the most affected areas in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

About 38,000 homes in the Republic of Ireland have no electricity late Tuesday and some may not be reconnected for several days.


The “weather bomb” will continue on Wednesday, with a yellow warning for the wind during the day with schools closed in parts of Ireland and Scotland.

Becky Mitchell, senior operational meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Strong winds will continue across the UK this evening, bringing widespread to 40-50mph and up to 65mph off the coast.

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“It can give difficult travel conditions, some power outages and big waves on the coast.

“After midnight, rain and snow will clear Scotland, and winds will gradually ease over much of the country. However, the wind will blow over parts of south-west England and Wales, with a yellow wind warning issued from Wednesday Is.

A “weather bomb” – otherwise known as explosive cyclogenesis – can occur when the central pressure inside an area of ​​low pressure or storm drops “at a very rapid rate” and causes very strong winds and heavy rain.

It occurs when the central pressure drops by 24 millibars or more in 24 hours.

As well as warnings from the Met Office, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency has also issued two flood warnings and 10 flood alerts for Scotland.

Ireland’s Department of Education confirmed on Tuesday evening that any schools, higher education institutions, or childcare facilities currently in or projected to be in a Red or Orange Alert area – Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cork and Kerry – must remain closed.

The order also included the schools of Waterford, Limerick, Clare, Galway, Mayo and Wexford.

In Scotland, schools in Dumfries and Galloway have also been forced to close due to weather damage. Straner Academy closed after structural damage to its roof was caused by the wind, and Drummore School closed because trees were blown away.

The Meteorological Department said thunderstorms had reached 68mph in Scotland. A gust of wind was recorded near Campbelltown in Argyll on Tuesday afternoon, with strong winds expected throughout the night.

Earlier in the week, the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for snow and wind, with forecasters warning of up to 80mph on the west coast and up to 65mph around the east coast.

It has warned of two to five cm of snow in some areas and 10-20 cm of snow in the southern upper and higher reaches.

Scott Rail canceled services and warned passengers of delays after operators were forced to slow down trains due to weather. The London North Eastern Railway also announced several delays and changes due to the weather.

Meanwhile, RAC Breakdown spokesman Rod Dennis said motorists “really need to have their wits about them to stay safe”.

He continued: “We urge drivers to stick to major routes wherever possible, slow down to the correct speed for the conditions and take special care when crossing high-sided vehicles to avoid deviating from the path.” could.”

The Met Office said it is likely that Barra will not be as bad as Hurricane Arwen, but there is potential for disruption to travel networks.

Elsewhere, some short-term loss of power due to wind is possible.

Forecasters also said there is “a small chance” that larger-than-normal waves in coastal areas could pose a risk of injury or potentially life-threatening if winds blow road and beach furniture into the air. Whip.

Meanwhile, the Environment Agency had 11 flood warnings as of Tuesday afternoon.

They have lived along the south coast of England, between Dorset and Hampshire, at Christchurch, Beaulieu, Fareham and Langston and Emsworth, and along the Essex coast at Colehouse Fort.


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