Key Messages for Storm Brian
1. The third named storm of the season, Storm Brian, is currently an intense depression over the North Atlantic to the SW of Ireland under the developmental left exit of a 150mph+ jet streak.
2. Brian can be classed as a ‘weather bomb’, a storm where the central pressure drops 24mb or more in 24 hours. Brian had, in fact, dropped 41mb between 6am yesterday when it was over the NW Atlantic and 6am this morning.
3. Fortunately the deep depression is at its most intense phase today, before it fills/weakens as it crosses Ireland and northern Britain, as the depression ‘disconnects’ or moves away from the jet stream. However, it will still deliver gales or severe gales to southern areas tomorrow.
4. UK wind warnings: the strongest winds from Brian will be across southern Ireland, Wales, southern and central England. The Met Office have a yellow wind warning in place for SW England, Wales, NW England, West Midlands, East Midlands, SE England and East of England. They expect gusts of 45-55mph widely within their warning areas, with gusts of 60-70mph along exposed southern and western coastal areas.