UK weather today – 60mph winds batter Britain again as killer Storm Ellen claims first victim

UK weather today – 60mph winds batter Britain again as killer Storm Ellen claims first victim

BRITAIN is being battered with 60mph winds for the second day in a row in the worst storm since Dennis in February.

Yellow weather warnings remain in place after killer Storm Ellen claimed its first victim off the Cornish coast yesterday.

A man in his 50s was pulled from the waves near Helston on Thursday afternoon but was confirmed dead shortly afterwards.

A teenage boy, related to the man, is in a stable condition in hospital in Truro following the incident at Church Cove in Gunwalloe.

Swimmers have been warned to stay clear of the coast as storm conditions bring a risk of coastal surges and flooding.

Waves up to 9ft (2.7m) have been spotted, together strong rip currents.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning stretching across England, Wales and parts of Scotland, which lasts until 6pm today.

It comes as strong winds continue to sweep across the UK, causing destruction, travel chaos and flooding.

More than £120,000 worth of damage was caused by trees falling onto cars at the luxury Welsh resort of Portmeirion.

And about 20 beach huts were pulled from the sand at Woolacombe as high tides left them bobbing near the shore.

Kayaker James Watts helped save eight youngsters from the sea at Maenporth near Falmouth in Cornwall on Thursday after a strong rip current.

James heard their screams and rescued the group after they were swept out to sea by a large swell.

Delays on the road and rail are expected as well as trouble with air and ferry transport, the Met Office warns.

There could also be temporary power disruption.

Emergency services have urged the public to take extra care in the windy conditions, particularly along the coast where many people are enjoying August beach breaks.

Met Office meteorologist Emma Salter said it was "unusual" to have such stormy weather this time of year and emphasised its warnings were issued based on the potential impact of conditions.

She said: "If we had this set-up say in January or February we probably wouldn't be issuing a warning, because 40, 50, 60 mphs on the coast isn't going to do much damage."

But she added: "This time of year, when the trees are in full leaf, they can be uprooted a lot more easily."

Ms Salter continued: "Corona aside, there's a lot of holidaymakers out, people in tents, it's the weekend, there's going to be a lot of traffic on the road, a lot of people camping… that's why we've got the warning out."

In the south west, HM Coastguard has warned of "dangerous sea conditions" with "large swells, strong winds & spring tides" expected.

And Devon and Cornwall Police warned the public to be wary of "storm conditions" across their region, particularly on the coast where waves could reach up to nine feet high.

The force said strong winds could bring "dangerous seas and strong rip currents" and urged beachgoers to check tide times, stick to life-guarded beaches, be aware watersports may be unsafe and avoid storm watching.

The Environment Agency has in place 38 flood alerts and nine flood warnings, which urge people to take immediate action – largely along the south and south-west coastline of England.

Temperatures could reach a maximum of 24 or 25C in London, and up to 20 or 21C in Newcastle, 22C in Manchester and 20C in Aberdeen.

Named by Ireland's Met Office, Met Eireann, Ellen is the UK's fifth named storm of the 2019-2020 season.

Emerging from a "decayed tropical cyclone", it was forecast to sweep across Ireland before hitting all of the UK's west coast, the Met Office said.

Source: Read Full Article