A LARGE and powerful storm, currently over the open northern Atlantic is expected to hit the British Isles this Thursday.
Even as strong winds hit the region this evening (Tuesday, December 10) the AccuWeather Global Weather Center says winds will strengthen across much of western and central Europe from Thursday into Friday.
Ireland and the United Kingdom will be the first to feel the storm’s strength as wind and rain whip across the British Isles on Thursday.
The strongest winds are forecast across southern Ireland, western Wales and far southern England where gusts of 50-60 mph (80-97 km/h) are possible along with gusts of 70 mph (113 km/h).
In addition to the powerful winds, the storm will bring a period of locally heavy rainfall that will track west to east across the region Thursday morning into Thursday afternoon.
Forecasters say widespread flooding is not expected to be a significant problem, but localised flooding and travel disruptions will be possible during the heaviest periods of rain.
It’s even thought the adverse weather may affect voter turnout for Thursday’s General Election.