Storm watch

  • Highest wind gusts in kph up to 4pm Monday. Image copyright MeteoGroup.

    A man at the Firth of Clyde in Ayrshire. Photo by Danny Lawson / PA Wire / Press Association Images

    Farther south the storm whipped up the sea at Blackpool. Photo by John Giles / PA Wire / Press Association Images

    A roof in Langley Moor, County Durham, flew onto 15 parked cars and damaged them. Photo by Tom Wilkinson / PA Wire / Press Association Images

    In Liverpool large branches fell on the road. Photo by Peter Byrne / PA Wire / Press Association Images

    The photogenic violence of nature is captured here in Porthcawl, Bridgend. Wales.

    Early on Tuesday the storm moved on to Scandinavia. The closeness of the isobars shows the area of strongest winds south of the storm centre. Image copyright MeteoGroup.

  • Storm watch
    13.09.2011 14:13


    Power outages, flying roofs, and one death - that is the story of the damage so far after the storm that had its roots in ex-Hurricane Katia.

    The worst-affected areas were Northern Ireland, where thousands of people lost power, central and southern Scotland, and northern Wales and England.

    Gusts over 140 kph

    The highest wind speeds were reached on Monday afternoon. At the Glen Ogle weather station (Stirlingshire) gusts were recorded op to 138 kph (86mph), and a little stronger over higher parts of the southern Highlands. Even in Glasgow a gust of 116 kph (72 mph) was recorded.

    We can see the impact in exposed locations in the following video:

    Fierce winds at High Cup Nick in Cumbria

    The winds and heavy rain in the west of Scotland caused restrictions on ferry operations, and some train services in and out of Glasgow were disrupted. 

    Fallen trees stopped traffic stopped in Gourock, Falkirk, Grahamston and Bishopton, and Edinburgh Zoo was closed. In Ayrshire and Dumfriesshire 200 homes lost power.

    Major damage in northeast England

    But the storm had a wide reach. Northeast England had some of the strongest gusts, especially to the east of high ground, and power was cut to thousands of people.

    In CountyDurham a falling tree caused the death of a driver  on the A688 between Staindrop and BarnardCastle. And a roof was torn from its walls and smashed into 15 parked cars. Luckily, nobody was injured.

    Gusts of between 90 and 105 kph (56 and 65mph) were common across the north Midlands and Lincolnshire, and even 72 to 89 kph (45 to 55 mph) farther south.

    By: Frank Abel