Storm Agnes could pose ‘dangers to life’ this week, Met Office announces

A new round of weather alerts from the Met Office state that this week’s weather might be “danger to life” threatening.

On Wednesday, September 27, Storm Agnes is expected to make landfall in the UK and bring winds of up to 80 mph to western coastal areas.

Until Thursday (September 28), a yellow-level wind warning was already in effect, but this morning the Met Office was compelled to update and extend it. There is also a rain warning with a yellow level.

The wind warning will come into force from 9pm on Wednesday, lasting until 6am on Thursday. It covers the entire country apart from the south coast, south-east and East Anglia.

Everywhere else, people have been told: “There is a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris.

“There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs.

“There is a slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

“Longer journey times are likely, or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected. Some roads and bridges are likely to close.

“There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties; with a chance of some minor flooding of coastal roads.”

The rain warning covers two chunks of southern and central Scotland including Dumfries, Lockerbie, Greenock and Pitlochry.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Steve Ramsdale has said: “While the precise track and depth of Storm Agnes is still being determined, there’s a high likelihood of wind gusts around 50 to 60mph for some inland areas. Exposed coastal areas could see gusts of 65-75 mph with a small chance of a few places seeing around 80mph.

People there have been told flooding of some buildings “is likely” and travel services will “probably [be] affected”. The rain warning will also come into force from 9pm on Wednesday, lasting until 6am on Thursday.

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