Storm "Atiyah" brings widespread disruptions across Ireland and UK


Storm "Atiyah" hit Ireland and the United Kingdom on Sunday, December 8, 2019, bringing high winds, rough seas, and heavy rains across the region. Widespread traffic disruptions and power outages were reported.

The bad weather continued into Monday and Tuesday, December 10 when two yellow alerts were issued. Gusts of up to 161 km/h (100 mph) were predicted to keep the disruption through Thursday, December 12, likely affecting voting in the general election.

Power companies registered 26 faults in the southwest on Sunday and two in Wales.

Moreover, there were lane closures on the M48 Severn Bridge. Coastal communities were warned of tidal surges that could send debris over sea defenses.

"The strong winds are pretty widespread," said the Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill. "It’s very windy in the west and south-west so that’s where we’re going to see the greatest impact, unfortunately."

Furthermore, the Met Office said road, rail, air, and ferry transport disruptions were also likely to continue. Motorists were advised to practice caution on all roads. Uprooted trees, poles, and debris were seen on a number of roads in counties Kerry, Sligo, Wicklow, Kilkenny, and Longford.

In Ireland, warnings of coastal flooding were issued. Several Christmas events across the country were postponed due to high winds.

Met Eireann's yellow wind warnings were in place until 16:00 UTC on December 10.

"Strong and gusty southwest winds will veer westerly early this afternoon with some severe and damaging gusts; heavy squally spells of rain continuing too," a spokesman said.

Moreover, this week will be an "unsettled week with blustery winds, outbreaks of heavy rain, and colder than normal."

No injuries or fatalities have been reported.

Featured image credit: Mat Hammond


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