UK weather warnings: TWO storms crash into Britain with hurricane force winds as Atlantic jet stream sparks urgent alert

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Storm Debi has developed because of a very strong jet stream crossing the Atlantic

Holly Bishop

By Holly Bishop

Published: 13/11/2023

- 08:34

Updated: 13/11/2023

- 10:10

Storm Debi hit the UK this morning, with a second storm due in just days

Britain will be battered by violent winds and heavy rainfall this week, as Storm Debi is set to hit today and another storm brews in its wake.

Two amber wind warnings are already in place for southeast Northern Ireland and northwest England.

A strong jet stream from the Atlantic has sparked warning of hurricane force winds of 80mph winds for coastal locations today.

The bad weather is expected to continue as the week progresses, with another storm brewing.

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Speaking to GB News, meteorologist Jim Dale said another storm is expected to hit on Thursday, though it has yet to be named and its scope is unclear.

Confirming the continuing bad weather, he said: "Yes, rain and week later in the week. It may not turn into a storm but there's another one coming Thursday time".

Ahead of Storm Debi’s arrival today, the Met Office issued yellow alerts for rain, which are predicted to affect road, rail, air and ferry services.

Matthew Lehnert, a chief Meteorologist with the Met Office, said: “Storm Debi has developed rapidly overnight and will bring impacts across parts of the UK today. Because of the particular risk of impacts to parts of County Armagh and County Down this morning and parts of northwest England through much of the day we have issued two amber wind warnings.”

The amber warnings are in place for parts of Northern Ireland, Northwest England and Yorkshire and Humber.


The weather office has warned that flying debris from strong winds could pose a danger to life.

Damage to buildings is likely and power cuts are to be expected, the Met Office has warned.

The orange warning in Ireland will end at 12.00pm today and the orange alert issued in England will last until 4.00pm.

The storm was officially named by Met Eireann yesterday morning.

\u200bThe weather warnings currently in place issued by the Met Office

The weather warnings currently in place issued by the Met Office

Met Office

This is the earliest in the season that a storm in alphabetical sequence beginning with the letter 'D' has ever hit the British Isles.

Storm Debi has developed because of a very strong jet stream crossing the Atlantic, according to the Met Office.

They said: "The core of the jet stream is currently located to the south of the UK. This strong jet stream is responsible for the very unsettled period of weather we are currently experiencing. Further areas of low pressure are forecast to develop and affect the UK during the coming week."

The strongest winds are expected to reach up to 80mph in coastal locations, whilst inland areas are expected to see gusts of between 60-65mph.

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