Huge waves and high winds are affecting north-western parts of the UK as bad weather hits power supplies and travel. The “weather bomb,” according to reports, has brought hundreds of lightning strikes, thereby temporarily cutting power across the Western Isles and affecting 17,000 homes. BBC covers the story:
By: Peter Ola
The Met Office has warnedparts of Scotland and Northern Ireland to “be prepared” as the rapidly developing storm threatens gusts of up to 80mph.
Wind speeds are expected to peak on Wednesday afternoon and early evening.
BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood said it would be a “wild” day from north Wales northwards, while it would be “blustery” further south.
Explosive cyclogenesis – known colloquially as a “weather bomb” – is when a storm intensifies as the pressure at its centre drops rapidly (by more than 24 millibars in 24 hours). The storm currently affecting parts of the UK formed in this way.
Speaking from Barra in the Outer Hebrides, Donald MacLeod, coxswain of the island’s lifeboat, said there was rain, hail and “plenty of wind”.
He said the storm had “grown through the night”, adding: “The swell conditions are pretty bad to the west – it’s showing about 14m (45ft).”
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Date: Wed. 10/Dec/2014 05:34pm like