COMMUTERS up and down the country will have to battle 70mph gales on their way to work as Storm Hector arrives in from the Atlantic.
The north and west of Northern Ireland is expected to be the worst hit with the Met Office issuing an amber warning with much of the rest of the country blanketed by a yellow warning.
Twitter/MetOffice The brunt of the storm will hit the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Thursday
When and where will Storm Hector hit?
Western Ireland was hit late on Thursday (June 13) with Storm Hectorblowing across Scotland, Northern Ireland and the far north of England on Thursday morning.
The Met Office warns of a “small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown on to sea fronts, coastal roads and properties” as well as a risk posed by flying debris.
Westerly winds are likely to be between 50mph and 60mph but could reach up to 70mph in exposed locations before easing in the afternoon, forecasters said as they warned of a “very windy spell”.
The Met Office said road, rail, air and ferry services could be badly affected and buildings may be damaged, with a slight chance of power cuts in some parts – with the strongest winds expected in Argyll, near Oban.
Coastguards have already issued warnings for affected areas, with strong waves expected to batter the coastline.
The Met Office eventually released a yellow warning, saying: “The strongest winds will reach the west coast during the early hours of Thursday before spreading eastwards.”
MetOffice The strongest winds will reach the west coast during the early hours of Thursday
What’s the latest weather forecast?
Metoerologists say the dramatic slump in weather will only be a temporary blip with summer set to blaze back before not too long.
Storm Hector is predicted to travel eastwards from Ireland hitting Scotland, northern England and north Wales.
Along with the strong winds there will be periods of heavy rain.
Will Lang, Met Office Chief Meteorologist, said: “The strongest winds are expected to coincide with rush hour in Northern Ireland and later in the morning for southern and central Scotland.
“A Yellow National Severe Weather Warning has been issued for the north of the UK and an Amber warning for parts of Northern Ireland, with the potential for disruption to travel, damage to buildings and power cuts.
“The public can prepare for the adverse weather this evening by securing loose objects such as garden furniture, outdoor toys and other loose objects. As it is summer and trees are in leaf, there is a greater risk of impact from debris.”
Have there been a lot of storms this year?
Storm Hector is the eighth storm to be named by the Met Office during 2017-2018.
It follows Aileen last September, Brian in October, Caroline and Dylan last December, and Eleanor, Fionn and Georgina in January.
Meteorologists put the unusual weather patterns down to low pressure systems pushing in from across the Atlantic.
What are the biggest storms in UK history?
The infamous 1987 storm has become equally as known for Michael Fish’s seemingly inaccurate predictions as the devastation it caused.
Despite forecasts to the contrary, hurricane-force winds hit the UK, with the South East worst hit by the power of Mother Nature.
Then Home Secretary, Douglas Hurd, described it as “the worst night since the Blitz”, as £1billion damage was caused and 18 people died.
Research has since revealed this was a new weather phenomenon called a “sting jet” and this storm was the first of its kind recorded in Britain.
In 1953, the so-called “great storm” was the worst disaster in peacetime history for Britain with the North Sea flooding the east coast of the UK.