Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Weather warning as Storm Helene blows in

Weather warning as Storm Helene blows in

For much of England and Wales, it's going to be a strangely warm if increasingly windy, but mostly dry day.

Met Éireann is forecasting that the remnants of tropical storm Helene will pass over the country on Monday night.

However, the storm is expected to move quickly through the country clearing overnight on Monday.

Dorset is "likely" to feel the force of Storm Helene, the Met Office says. "It's possible that the west coast of Wales and Cornwall could get some winds as well, but we will get a clearer picture of what to expect very soon".

It comes as the Met Office has ramped-up warnings ahead of Helene hitting landfall, by issuing a yellow "be aware" warning from 6pm to 8am Tuesday.

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Hurricane Helene is now churning northeast through the Atlantic Ocean around 655 miles (1,055 km) south-west of the Portuguese Azores with maximum sustained winds of 70mph.

A yellow warning remains in place but the storm is not thought to pose a risk to life.

"There will also be some very warm weather developing". Behind the bits and pieces of rain moving southeast through England and Wales, there'll be some bright or sunny spells developing, but also some showers getting into western and especially northwestern Scotland.

"By the time it reaches the United Kingdom we're looking at potential for 55 to 65mph gusts, with isolated chances of 70 to 80 miles per hour gusts on exposed high ground or coastal areas", Met Office spokesperson Nicola Maxy told i.

While Hurricane Florence pounds North Carolina, another tropical storm is on track to reach Britain early next week. Helene is expected to take a turn toward the north-northeast sometime on Saturday, followed by a turn toward the northeast by Sunday morning.

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