Storm Ingunn ‘weather bomb’ closes in: Britain hit by 106mph gales as Met Office issues wind warnings for northern England and Scotland until 7pm today
Britain was hit by Storm Ingunn today with trains canceled as 100mph gusts swept in after the storm underwent explosive cyclogenesis in the North Atlantic.
The storm, named by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, has become a ‘weather bomb’ this morning as its central pressure drops by up to 50 millibars over 24 hours.
The criteria for such an event is 24 millibars within that period, which means that the low pressure system experienced an extremely rapid deepening at twice the required rate.
The storm brought winds of 106mph to Aonach Mor mountain in Scotland today, as well as 70mph on South Uist, 60mph at Stornoway and 46mph in Edinburgh.
More than 40 train services were canceled in Scotland this morning due to safety concerns, while ferry operator Calmac scrapped all departures on five of its routes.
The Met Office has issued yellow wind warnings covering parts of northern England, all of Scotland and part of Northern Ireland from 05:00 this morning until 19:00 tonight.
Forecasters say the rain and wind will hit Britain as an active cold front moves south, producing ‘line convection’ – which is a narrow band of heavy rain and strong gusts
The Met Office has issued yellow wind warnings covering parts of northern England, all of Scotland and part of Northern Ireland from 5am to 7pm today.
Forecasters warned of ‘injuries and danger to life’ from ‘flying debris’ and ‘large waves and beach material thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties’.
They said tiles could be blown off roofs, power cuts could occur and there was a chance of longer journey times as road, air and ferry services were affected.
Services between cities such as Dundee and Glasgow and Aberdeen to Edinburgh were canceled today while services connecting Inverness with a number of northern towns were also withdrawn due to the weather.
Speed restrictions have been introduced across much of the ScotRail network and safety inspections will continue throughout the day on parts of the track.
Meanwhile, ferry operator Calmac has canceled all departures on five of its routes, with many more services being revised for the rest of the day.
No ferries will run from Oban to Colonsay, or from Mallaig to Armadale, while there are warnings that other scheduled departures from Ardrossan and Ullapool may also be canceled at short notice.
The Met Office has also said that some roads and bridges may close. Cumbria Police warned motorists to ‘take extra care when driving this morning’ due to the winds.
The force added: ‘Please drive carefully, allow extra time for your journey and be aware of the potential for trees, branches and other debris in the road.’
And the Met Office said: ‘Take particular care when traveling over higher ground or on roads running north to south, such as the A1(M), with gusts locally reaching 65mph.’
Very strong southwesterly gusts will develop this morning. Across North West Scotland these windy conditions will be accompanied by heavy rain for a period during the morning and early afternoon.
The rain and wind will hit as an active cold front moves south, producing ‘line convection’ – which is a narrow band of heavy rain and strong gusty winds.
Forecasters said that means people should be prepared for rain that suddenly increases and for winds to peak sharply.
Gusts are expected to be between 55mph and 75mph within the warning zones, with the potential to reach 85mph in parts of far north Scotland.
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“It could cause some damage, which could cause some disruption to transport, ferries and bridges,” said Aidan McGivern from the Met Office.
‘So a yellow warning is in place for much of the northern half of the UK, northern England, parts of Northern Ireland, much of Scotland.
“The very strongest winds will also accompany the heaviest rain, across the far north and north-west of Scotland during Wednesday morning.”
However, southern parts of the UK will remain dry and windy today, with temperatures reaching a high of between 10C (50F) and 12C (54F).
Yesterday’s highest UK temperature was 10.6C (51.1F) at Swanage in Dorset, while the low was -8.8C (16.1F) at both Braemar in Aberdeenshire and Tulloch Bridge in the Highlands.