Storm Evert will continue its path today, bringing disruptive high winds and heavy rain to parts of the UK. The storm hit on Thursday evening in the south west of England and Wales, bringing coastal gales and rain, and is set to continue across parts of the UK as Friday goes on.
The Met Office yellow weather warning for wind is in place from 6am on Friday until 6pm and reads: “Windy conditions, including coastal gales for some, will develop across southern and southeastern England early on Friday, spreading into North Sea coastal areas during the late morning and afternoon.
“Gusts of 40 to 50mph are expected quite widely with gusts of 55mph or so likely in some of the most exposed coastal areas.
“Winds will then slowly ease from the west later on Friday.”
The warning follows on from an amber weather warning put out for last night, which has since expired.
Where will be hit by storm today?
Devon and Cornwall will continue to suffer the brunt of the winds, with the south coast of Wales also covered by the yellow warning.
Elsewhere, maps show high winds and showers are expected further east in Somerset, Dorset, Hampshire, and South Gloucestershire.
Outer London, coastal Sussex and Kent are also expected to feel the brunt of Storm Evert as Friday goes on, with the worst of the storm expected to be over by the evening.
The warning snakes around the south east coast, with coastal parts of Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk also affected.
The Met Office’s principal operational meteorologist, Dan Suri, said: “Storm Evert will bring some high winds, particularly along the northern coast of the south-west, but there will be gusty winds more widely in southern areas, which brings the potential for some impacts, especially for those that might be travelling or camping in the weather.
“Storm Evert will move eastwards across southern UK during Friday daytime, clearing into the North Sea during Friday evening.
“As well as the high winds, there will also be some heavy rain before it leaves our shores, with up to 40mm possible over parts of Wales and the south-west and the potential for 40 or 50mm rain in a short period of time from heavy, possibly thundery, showers over parts of eastern and central England on Friday afternoon.”
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Despite this, maps show the worst of the wind has passed overnight, with holiday and festival-goers feeling the worst of the storm.
Tents and awnings collapsed at Camp Bestival in Dorset and organisers delayed opening the public arenas and gates.
Rock Oyster Festival is under threat and has delayed opening on its site at Dinham House in St Minver, Cornwall, until midday today.
The start of the six week summer holiday is also expected to add to hazardous and busy driving conditions, particularly for those heading down to the holiday hotspots of Devon and Cornwall.
High-sided vehicles travelling on exposed routes and bridges are at particular risk, with the Met Office warning drivers that there could be disruption.
The winds could cause damage to buildings and infrastructure, with public transport potentially affected by power outages or falling debris.
The Met Office has also warned that coastal areas with seafronts and beaches could be affected by large waves and spray, and going into the water is not advised.
Storm Evert is the first named storm since Darcy in February.