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Five more storms forecast before Christmas as 2,000 mile pressure vortex builds

Britons are urged to batten down the hatches as five more storms look set to lash the country before Christmas in what could be a record breaking year.

The UK is facing the stormiest early winter for years as a 2,000-mile wide ‘pressure vortex’ spanning the Atlantic threatens gale-force disruption from Wednesday.

So far three storms have hit the country this Autumn, with Ali and Bronagh arriving in September and Callum the month after.

Last night ex-hurricane Oscar’s 65mph gusts cancelled fireworks displays in the north of England.

And there is worse to come.



A giant low pressure ‘vortex’ spanning virtually the whole Atlantic could see gusts pushing 50mph, disrupting the south and west from Wednesday until the weekend, with wet and windy conditions continuing into next week.

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond said: “This week, a huge vortex of low pressure in the eastern Atlantic will see the jet stream fling a succession of wet and windy spells towards UK.

“The potential for disruptive winds needs to be watched. Western parts are most prone. Several wet spells are expected.”


As Christmas nears five more storms are forecast to land according to The Weather Company, the world’s biggest commercial forecaster.

They will be called Deirdre, Erik, Freya, Gareth and Hannah.

If the turbulent weather does materialise it would make 2018 a record breaking one, with eight named storms hitting the UK in the year up until Christmas.

In 2015 – the year storms were first named – five landed, followed by two in 2016 and three in 2017.


Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at The Weather Company’s Weather Channel arm, said: “Four more named Atlantic storms are expected by early December, plus the risk of a fifth named storm before Christmas.

“Travel disruption and wind gusts over 90mph in parts of the North and West are expected.

“A stormy, mobile Atlantic pattern is forecast in early winter, before a colder pattern from New Year onwards as westerly winds ease.”

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Hurricane rips through US towns with eight months’ worth of rain and 90mph winds

A man prepares to get in a makeshift boat constructed from a metal container and fishing floats as he and thousands more try to flee Hurricane Florence.

Michael Nelson floated off in the bizarre vessel after a river burst its banks and flooded his street in New Bern in the battered US state of North Carolina.

Evacuation warnings were in place for over a million people as the brutal storm landed, with winds of 90mph.

Tens of thousands of homes were without power as sea water washed through towns and left people stranded.



Frightened residents and pets were saved by rescuers. Soldiers have been drafted in.

The governor of the east coast state, Roy Cooper, said surviving the storm would be a test of “endurance, teamwork, common sense, and patience”.

Officials warned it could still kill “a lot of people” and cause “catastrophic” flooding.

The hurricane is expected to last for several days.

North Carolina is likely to see eight months’ worth of rain in two to three days.

An alarming interactive weather forecast did little to ease nerves.

The Weather Channel forecast left some viewers shocked as its presenter stood in the middle of computerised rising flood water, which had a car floating on its surface.

She said: “When the storm surge reaches – this could be about to knock you off my feet and could be enough to float a parked car. This is extremely dangerous.




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“But once we get to the nine foot range that’s when we get into a life-threatening scenario. Extremely dangerous and life-threatening.”

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Britain to bake in 30C heat as forecasters predict hottest day of 2018 next week

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Britain to be battered by 40mph gusts with risk of gales and heavy rain

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