Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Wind warning after storm deaths

Forecasters say Britain should be prepared for more strong winds
Workers clear away fallen trees in the centre of Edinburgh after fierce storms battered Britain
Christopher Hayes, 51, a van driver who was killed when a huge beech tree crushed his vehicle

Strong winds are set to hit parts of the country again overnight following a brief respite from storms which resulted in two deaths.

Gusts of up to 75mph are forecast to hit England and Wales after winds on Tuesday reached more than 100mph.

One of the men who died in those high winds was named by police as married father-of-three Christopher Hayes, 51, who was killed when a tree crushed his parked van in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

The second death was a crew member on board a tanker which was hit by a large wave off the coast of the south Devon/Cornwall border on Tuesday.

Andy Ratcliffe, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "Tonight we can expect gusts of up to 75mph across northern England and southern and western Scotland.

There will be a band of heavy rain moving southwards across the UK. Following the rain it will turn clearer but with heavy showers. Tomorrow it's a day of sunshine and scattered showers.

"In the morning we could still see 70mph gusts, most likely across north-west England. Through the rest of the day the winds will ease."

The Met Office has issued "yellow" warnings of wind for south-west Scotland, northern England and the East Midlands.

Meanwhile, the Highways Agency said the Severn Crossing between England and Wales has been closed to high-sided vehicles and motorcycles in both directions due to strong winds.

It also warned that anyone planning to use the Dartford Crossing between Kent and Essex of possible delays as winds of 60mph are predicted for the area.

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