Storm Evert: Met Office warns weather ‘will get worse before it gets better’

The Met Office has warned winds of up to 75mph are expected to lash the South West, with coastal gales and rain set to affect parts of the country as the UK’s weather continues to worsen.

The UK is facing more gales and storms with the Met Office warning it “will get worse before it gets better” as Storm Evert gathers pace.

Winds of up to 75mph are expected to lash the South West, with coastal gales and rain set to affect parts of the country.

The storm will move across parts of the UK, giving a “wet and windy start” to Friday for the southern and central regions, forecasters said.

Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates said: “The wind will get worse before it gets better.

“The highest gust of wind is on the Isles of Scilly, which is 45 knots or 52mph.

“There is the potential for 60mph in coastal areas of west Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

“There is the chance of seeing something a little stronger than that from midnight to 3am, where as per the amber warning, there is the chance of seeing gusts of up to 75mph in one or two very exposed coastal spots, mainly in Cornwall.”

An amber weather warning has been issued for South West England, with the Met Office saying Storm Evert will bring strong winds to the region.

Severe weather could cause damage to infrastructure and lead to travel disruption, forecasters have warned.

This could include damage to buildings, fallen trees and a “good chance” that power cuts could occur, which could affect other services such as mobile phone coverage.

The warning – which is currently in place until midday – also says large waves, flying debris and beach material being thrown on to roads and seafronts could lead to injuries or “danger to life”.

On social media on Thursday night, people were sharing videos of heavy rain and large waves as the storm began.

Flooding and stormy weather have led to disruption in some parts of the country.

Cumbria County Council said 14 properties have been evacuated and some roads and footpaths have been closed due to a landslip in Parton, west Cumbria.

The Environment Agency has six flood alerts for areas including parts of south London and an area on the Isle of Wight.

The naming of Storm Evert comes on the day the Government announced that more than £860 million is to be invested in flood prevention schemes across the UK over the next year.

Evert is the first storm to be named in the month of July by the Met Office’s storm naming group, although named summer storms are not unprecedented.

In 2020, Storm Ellen hit from August 19 to August 20, before Storm Francis moved over the UK on August 25.

Today
Storm Evert bringing very unsettled weather with rain or showers, some heavy and thundery across England and Wales where unseasonably windy in the south and southeast. Winds slowly easing from the west. A few showers elsewhere but with brighter skies.

Tonight
Storm Evert will clear east allowing central parts to become mostly dry with clear spells while occasional showers continue to affect the east and west.

Saturday
Occasional sunny intervals but also showers, these becoming heavy and thundery across eastern, central and southeastern parts of England. Less windy.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday
A mixed picture with further showers, mainly in the south and the best of any dry weather across the north. Temperatures mainly at or a little below average.

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