Storm Barra hits Ireland and the UK

The Atlantic storm season has begun and in just over a week we have already reached the second name of the list of storm names. Storm Barra will bring severe storms to Ireland and the UK on Tuesday and Wednesday. In the Netherlands we get a glimpse of the storm.

After Storm Arwen, the British Isles can once again prepare for inclement weather. In a very short time, Storm Barra has gathered strength over the Atlantic Ocean and is set to hit the west coast of Ireland on Tuesday morning. The Irish Weather Service has issued a code red for coastal districts due to strong winds and high waves. The average wind reaches 9 and sometimes even 10 Beaufort! Short wind gusts of up to 130 km/h are also possible. Over the sea, the wind can pick up even more and it can develop into a very strong storm, 11 Beaufort.

When do we talk about storm? Read here about the definitions of storm and strong gusts of wind.

Barra and angry by storm Barra

On the coast, the waves are pushed up to a height of 10 to 15 meters by the strong wind. In addition to the wind, Storm Barra also brings a lot of precipitation. In the mountainous landscapes of Ireland, Scotland and England, precipitation takes on a winter character and can turn regionally white. The lower parts of the country have to prepare for flooding due to heavy rain.

Discomfort due to bad weather

Due to severe weather, the Irish and British must take into account power cuts and problems on the roads. Flights have been canceled and schools are closed as a precaution. It was also over a week ago that Storm Arwen passed. Due to damage from that storm, homes are still without power.

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On Wednesday, Barra will still be above the UK, but the storm will already lose strength. In Holland we don’t have to take into account a stormy wind. We got a glancing shot from Storm Barra. Later today, a zone of precipitation, linked to the storm, will pass over our country. You can read what that means for the weather in the Netherlands in our extensive weather forecast.

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