Weather alert over rapidly developing storm puts Kent at risk

Contributed by editor on Feb 22, 2017 - 10:53 AM


Met Office forecasters warn of a rapidly deepening area of low pressure expected to move quickly east across the UK during Thursday with strong winds on its southern and western flanks.


The very strong winds associated with Storm Doris are expected to affect Kent during Thursday.

Gusts of 50-60 mph are expected widely across the warning area, with the risk of 70 mph on coasts and hills.

A small swathe of even stronger winds is likely to develop - most likely across parts of northern England, Wales, the Midlands and later East Anglia. Here a short period of gusts of 70 to 80 mph is likely.

Travel services could be affected including some restrictions on bridges and disruption to ferries. Some damage to trees and buildings is also possible.

This is an update to the warning issued on Tuesday to extend the area at risk.

Weather experts have said: "Whilst there is confidence in the very windy spell, there is still some uncertainty about the track of Doris, and therefore the extent of the strongest winds."

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