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What we know about Storm Jocelyn weather warnings

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind after Storm Jocelyn hit the UK on Tuesday.

The Met Office has issued a weather warning as Storm Jocelyn continues its path across the UK. (Met Office/PA)
The Met Office has issued a weather warning as Storm Jocelyn continues its path across the UK. (Met Office/PA)

Parts of the country are dealing with transport delays and more weather warnings after Storm Jocelyn swept into the UK on Tuesday.

England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have all been affected by the latest weather system, after Storm Isha left two people dead and one seriously injured. The Met Office issued amber and yellow weather warnings for wind covering much of the UK ahead of Jocelyn’s arrival, together with yellow warnings for rain in parts of western and southern Scotland and north west England.

Wind gusts reached 97mph in Capel Curig in Snowdonia, while heavy rainfall caused floods in some areas. It comes after the Met Office said the highest recorded windspeed during Storm Isha was 99mph at Brizlee Wood in Northumberland, with gusts of 90mph at Capel Curig in Snowdonia on Sunday.

A 26-year-old man was in a critical condition on Monday night after his car hit a tree on a road in Northumberland.

Information screens at Edinburgh Waverley train station as rail services to and from Scotland have been suspended until at least noon on Wednesday. Storm Jocelyn has brought fresh travel disruption to much of the UK, less than two days after Storm Isha left two people dead and thousands without power - while some islands have been without food deliveries for a week. Picture date: Wednesday January 24, 2024.
Information screens at Edinburgh Waverley train station as rail services to and from Scotland were suspended as a result of Storm Jocelyn. (Alamy)

An 84-year-old man died after the car in which he was a front seat passenger crashed into a fallen tree in Grangemouth, Falkirk, in Scotland, while a man in his 60s was killed in a crash involving two vans and a fallen tree in Limavady, Co Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on Sunday night.

About 24,000 people were without power on Monday evening in the north of England and in Scotland, while another 15,000 customers were without power in Northern Ireland.

Yahoo News UK explains what we know about Storm Jocelyn, and whether it has caused the same level of disruption as its predecessor.

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When and where did Storm Jocelyn hit?

The Met Office said Storm Jocelyn, named by the Irish weather service Met Eireann, is a large Atlantic low pressure system that is already affecting western parts of the UK and spread further on Tuesday and into Wednesday.

An amber warning for wind in northern and western Scotland from 6pm on Tuesday until 8am on Wednesday has now expired. However, a yellow warning for wind is in place until 1pm across Scotland, north-east England and north-west England.

A yellow weather warning for wind is in place for northern parts of the UK on Wednesday. (Met Office)
A yellow weather warning for wind is in place for northern parts of the UK on Wednesday. (Met Office)

An amber warning means there is a good chance of power cuts, damage to buildings and travel disruption. There is also a risk of injuries and danger to life from large waves and beach material being thrown on to sea fronts and coastal roads.

Yellow warnings for wind means fallen debris may block roads and bridges, while there could be damage to buildings. The Met Office also say that power cuts mat occur while delays and cancellations should be expected on public transport. There is also a chance of injuries and danger to life from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.

Rainfall has eased in the UK but northern areas experienced flooding as Storm Jocelyn swept across the country. (Met Office)
Rainfall has eased in the UK but northern areas experienced flooding as Storm Jocelyn swept across the country. (Met Office)

How serious is Storm Jocelyn?

While this storm has not been as serious as Storm Isha, there has been flooding and transport delays felt on Wednesday morning. The Met Office said wind gusts reached 97mph in Capel Curig in Snowdonia, 79mph in Aberdaron, Wales, and 77mph at Shap, Cumbria.

A search for a person reported to be in the sea at Porthcawl, south Wales, was suspended early on Wednesday. They were reported missing on Tuesday night, with a search taking place overnight as Jocelyn hit.

Aberystwyth Wales UK weather January 24th 2024. Storm Jocelyn the latest named storm of the season hits the seafront promenade, gale force winds bring damaging 70mph gusts along the exposed Irish sea coastal area : Credit: mike davies/Alamy Live News
Waves crashed into the seafront promenade in Aberystwyth, Wales, as Storm Jocelyn arrived in the UK. (Alamy)
NEW BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 23: As Storm Jocelyn approaches the UK people brave the rain and wind as they walk along New Brighton promenade on January 23, 2024 in New Brighton, United Kingdom. Warnings across the country signal potential flooding and transportation disruptions. Storm Isha, which arrived on Sunday, resulted in two fatalities and left thousands of people without power in the UK after bringing heavy rain and winds up to 99mph. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
The scene at New Brighton Promenade in Merseyside as Storm Jocelyn swept into the UK. (Getty Images)

ScotRail services across Scotland were suspended from 7pm on Tuesday and there was no rush-hour services on Wednesday morning, the railway operator said. Network Rail Scotland said it had dealt with incidents including flooding, fallen trees and a shed roof blowing onto a high wall above a track on Tuesday evening and would be inspecting routes for damage from first light.

Avanti West Coast told passengers not to attempt to travel north of Preston until at least noon on Wednesday and warned journeys in northwest England may take longer due to speed restrictions.

On the roads, the Queen Elizabeth II bridge at the Dartford Crossing, M48 Severn Bridge and A66 in County Durham and Cumbria were closed due to high winds with the Humber Bridge, A19 Tees Flyover and the Woodhead Pass in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire closed to high-sided vehicles. The M1 was also closed in both directions to high-sided vehicles at Junction 34 for Sheffield, according to Traffic England.

In Scotland, the A76 was closed in both directions between Skelmorlie and Largs due to water breaking over the sea wall. The Forth Bridge was open to cars and single decker buses with restrictions on high-sided vehicles on several bridges.

Eight flights were cancelled at Dublin Airport and four at Glasgow Airport on Tuesday evening.

What about the rest of the week?

The Met Office said Wednesday will be a day of sunny spells and blustery showers, although the south of England will be mainly dry.

It said winds will gradually ease from the south as Storm Jocelyn moves away from the UK.

There will be cloud and outbreaks of rain moving north-eastwards across the UK through Thursday.

It will be brighter on Friday and Saturday, with frequent showers in the north, but generally staying mild throughout.

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