Northern Ireland sets new all time record for strongest September wind gust

Northern Ireland sets new all time record for strongest September wind gust

Northern Ireland has set its new record for strongest September wind gust with 146 km/h (91 mph) measured on September 19, 2018.

Storm Ali wreaked havoc across Ireland and UK on September 19 and produced a wind gust of 146 km/h (91 mph) in Killowen in County Down, Northern Ireland. This is now officially the strongest wind gust measured in Northern Ireland in September since records began in 1880s.

Ali is the first named storm of the 2018/19 season, closely followed by the second storm of the season, named Bronagh, on September 20 and 21. Forecast models suggest a third storm will form in the same region late Saturday into Sunday, September 22 into 23.

Ali has now pulled away from northern Scotland into the northern North Sea/Norwegian Sea and Bronagh is expected to develop across parts of Wales and South West England during this evening before spreading further eastwards across England.

Two Yellow Met Office Weather Warnings are in force, the first is for rain covering Wales and parts of North West England, then later in the day, a Yellow wind warning is also in place for much of England and parts of Wales.

There is the possibility of damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs or through falling trees and branches, as well as a danger to life, it warned.

Featured image credit: NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP/VIIRS

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