Storm Brian WORSE than Ophelia: Met Office confirm ‘dangerous’ WEATHER BOMB to SMASH UK

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
By Paul Martin

A DANGEROUS weather bomb poised to smash Britain this weekend threatens worse carnage than Ophelia’s assault on Monday.

Wed, Oct 18, 2017

Trees and structures weakened by 90mph gales at the start of the week could topple when ‘Storm Brian’ hits on Saturday.

Unlike Ophelia, which vented much of her fury across Ireland and the southwest, the next storm has the entire country in its sights.

Warnings have been ramped up as forecasters watch the progress of a powerful low-pressure system currently churning the Atlantic.

The Met Office this morning confirmed the storm will go through an “explosive” development as it passes over ocean waters.

An expected fall of 24 millibars in 24 hours will give the system enough fury to warrant the term “explosive cyclogenesis” or “weather bomb”.

Forecast models are consistent at the moment showing a deep depression system forming a weatherbomb. Latest weather models are showig a hit on Friday night into Saturday morning for Southern Ireland and UK.

Similar to Monday’s storm it threatens to whip up near hurricane-force gales hurling monster waves over sea defences.

Latest models show the tempest hitting the southwest coast at around 9am on Saturday before ripping through the country during the day.

Dave Reynolds, forecaster for The Weather Company, said: “This storm is going to be large enough to affect the whole of the UK.

“The low-pressure system is forecast to come in from the southwest before moving across the centre of the country.

“We expect winds of 80mph perhaps stronger in coastal regions and although these might not be as strong as Ophelia it is important to note that many trees may have been weakened earlier in the week.

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