Storm Ciaran, the third named storm of the season, is set to sweep across the UK tomorrow, bringing with it heavy rain and fierce winds of up to 80mph. National Rail has issued warnings of severe disruptions to train services across nine railway operators in England and Wales. Commuters are advised to prepare for chaos.
Ryanair has also announced possible flight disruptions to and from Ireland, while Condor Ferries has stated that high-speed sailings will be suspended until November 7th. The storm's impact is expected to be felt in both Poole and the Channel Islands.
Flood alerts have been issued across England, with more than 100 alerts in place and 24 warnings already issued. Communities in affected areas are being urged to protect their properties and avoid driving through floodwaters.
The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings and an 'amber warning' of danger to life, as flying debris poses a significant risk of injury. Coastal communities are particularly at risk, with gusts of over 85mph expected in the most exposed coastal spots.
This storm comes just weeks after Storm Babet caused widespread damage and claimed several lives. The severity of Storm Ciaran is being attributed to the powerful Atlantic jet stream, which is propelling the storm towards the UK.
The Met Office has warned of heavy rain that may cause travel chaos and potentially impact homes and businesses due to flooding. Fast-flowing or deep floodwater poses a danger to life, and some areas have already experienced significant flooding. Storm Ciaran is anticipated to bring not only strong winds but also heavy rainfall, exacerbating the risk of flooding across many parts of the UK.
In response to the storm, the Environment Agency and other agencies have activated flood alerts and warnings. The Met Office has also predicted gusts of up to 80mph in southern coastal areas.
As Storm Ciaran approaches, it is crucial for individuals to stay informed, adjust their travel plans, and take necessary precautions. The safety of the public is paramount, and people are advised to heed the warnings and guidelines provided by authorities.