London braced for Storm Ellen as destructive 75mph winds sweep UK

After last week’s thunderstorms more dramatic weather is on its way, with Storm Ellen set to sweep across the UK in the coming days.

The storm hit areas of Cornwall and Somerset on Wednesday, August 19, causing chaos with gusts of wind up to 75mph in what’s been called a “decayed tropical cyclone”.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for wind across the UK, with the largest part of the storm set to batter England on Friday, August 21 – although as yet it’s not known if London will be directly hit.

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The stormy weather over the next few days could lead to disruption to travel, debris on the roads and power cuts as trees crash across overhead lines, warns the Met Office.

It’s not great news for people who may have chosen a staycation in Cornwall rather than a flight to Spain, as tourists will no doubt find caravans rocked and tents ripped up.

It looks like London may be on the cusp of Storm Ellen (Image: Met Office)

Flooded roads will turn into lethal skidpans and drivers taking blind corners could find huge trees lying across the tarmac, police warned.

One yacht in the popular holiday spot was even ‘snapped’ from its anchor and smashed onto a beach due to the 70mph-plius winds, reported the Mirror.

Speaking about the weather over the next few days, Chief Meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said: “Following the recent hot and thundery weather we are seeing a significant change to very unsettled conditions for August with an unseasonal spell of strong winds associated with low-pressure centres for the second half of the week.

“Uncertainty remains high in the intensity of these systems at this point, but we are confident in the change to a spell of much windier weather.

“Tropical air associated with a decayed tropical cyclone is being drawn towards the UK, and the marked contrast between this warm and moist air with normal North Atlantic airmasses can lead to a very vigorous system.”

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The current forecast for London is however looking promising.

Thursday and Friday look set to be dry and warm, with highs of 24C and 23C respectively – but things could change quickly.


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