Tornado warning issued as Storm Barra arrives in UK
Storm Barra has arrived in the UK with a vengeance, blanketing much of the UK with yellow weather warnings
Washing into the UK from the Atlantic ocean, Storm Barra's indomitable presence has created tornado warnings and a possibility of snow.
Dubbed as a "weather bomb", Storm Barra has arrived in the UK with a vengeance, blanketing much of the UK with yellow weather warnings amid fears of travel disruption.
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Barra's pressure fell from 1017MB to 961MB in just 24 hours, making it a "weather bomb" or "explosive cyclogenesis" - if you're into your weather jargon.
As Barra moves in from the west, 67mph gales were recorded on the Isles of Scilly, while 83mph winds were noted on Sherkin Island in Ireland.
Northern Ireland is expected to be hit the hardest, prompting BBC Ireland's Chris Page to urge people to "stay indoors if you can".
Across the UK, meteorologists have suggested that coastal waves, some of which have measured over 35ft, could present a threat to life.
Billy & the others bracing themselves for #StormBarra stay safe everyone, see you on the other side....#herdwicks #farm #peakdistrict #storm #snow #winter #sheep #flock #hillfarm pic.twitter.com/mAcH6gq0KC
— Herdwicks of Highfields Farm (@highfieldsherdy) December 7, 2021
The Environment Agency has also issued 37 flood alerts and five warnings across England, while Scotland has issued four alerts and one warning and wales have issued six.
The Met Office's Deputy Chief Meteorologist Brent Walker said yesterday, "a band of rain will turn to snow across northern England and Scotland through Tuesday.
"Two to five cm of snow is expected to accumulate quite widely across the warning area, but locally this could reach ten cm, particularly in parts of the Southern Uplands and Highlands.
"Strong south-easterly winds will also lead to snow drifting in places, particularly over the highest routes, adding to poor visibilities."
This comes as 1,600 homes in the UK are still without power thanks to Storm Arwen. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been "assured they would be reconnected tomorrow at the latest" by the Northern Powergrid chief executive.
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