‘Danger to life is possible’: Alert issued ahead of Storm Helene’s arrival

18 September, 2018, 11:44 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Tropical Storm Helene to pass near the Azores

The national forecaster has issued a status yellow rainfall warning that is due to come into force at midday tomorrow.

The remnants of the hurricane, now downgraded to tropical storm strength, are to impact the United Kingdom with powerful gusts and heavy rain from Monday evening.

Strong winds are expected to batter the borough this week as Storm Helene edges closer.

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Some weakening is expected by Monday and Helene is forecast to be absorbed by another low pressure area by early Tuesday.

And Mr Madge warned that the storm will still be strong enough to bring down trees, adding: "At this time of year, when trees are in full leaf and the wind catches the leaves, there can be more chance of uprooting and an impact with falling trees on power lines and roads".

She is now one of a glut of tropical storms in the Atlantic, with Florence sparking mass evacuations as she heads towards landfall in the U.S. states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

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A yellow weather warning has been issued for parts of Northern Ireland as Storm Helene approaches the UK.

September 16 (UPI) Tropical Storm Helene became a post-tropical cycclone as it moved from the Azores, and approached Ireland and United Kingdom, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday. The rain today will be heaviest in western and northwestern areas, where warnings are in places.

The winds will continue to strengthen through the morning and then extend across many parts of Scotland and northern England and northwest Wales.

Helene is now in the Atlantic Ocean following behind Hurricane Florence, which was expected to hit the eastern coast of the U.S. late Thursday or early Friday.

"Wednesday now looks like being a wet day with heavy rain and strong south-west winds".

Temperatures could soar into the mid-20Cs in parts of southern England as warm air from Spain's Iberian Peninsula is expected to waft towards the UK.

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