Britain has been lashed by more strong winds and heavy rain, as Storm Franklin – the latest in a succession of storms – hits the UK and Ireland.
Winds as high as 80mph were forecast and severe weather warnings were issued by the Met Office. There is also the risk of flooding in some places, with alerts issued by the Environment Agency in scores of locations across the country.
The severe weather conditions of the last few days have left a lot of people wondering just when the storms will end. So, is there an end in sight to the recent wind and rain?
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When will the storm end?
According to the Met Office’s current UK forecastrain and hill snow are expected to die away this morning (February 21) with gusty winds set to ease this afternoon.
A Met Office weather warning remains in place until 1pm today, covering Northern Ireland, coastal areas in south and west Scotland, most of England (except the north-east) and the entirety of Wales.
This afternoon should be mostly dry, with sunny spells expected. Later, cloud and outbreaks of rain and drizzle will move from west to east, with a band of potentially heavy rain expected to reach the north-west.
An active jet stream has brought depressions across the Atlantic, bringing strong gusts of wind and heavy rain in its wake.
There have been three named storms – Dudley, Eunice and now Franklin – over the last week. This is the first time this has happened in the Met Office’s history.
However, the worst damage arising from Storm Franklin is expected to be confined to coastal areas, with other parts of the country forecast to be less severely affected.
Last week, a record 1.4 million homes across the UK were affected by power cuts as a result of Storm Eunice. A total of 77,000 remained without power on Sunday afternoon, according to the Energy Networks Association.
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