Howling winds blast British Isles, Northern Europe

A powerful storm moving from the Atlantic into Scandinavia this week has already unleashed vicious winds on Ireland and northern parts of the United Kingdom.

Howling winds blast British Isles, Northern Europe

A powerful storm moving from the Atlantic into Scandinavia this week has already unleashed vicious winds on Ireland and northern parts of the United Kingdom. The rest of the British Isles and neighboring parts of northern Europe will feel the effects of this storm from Thursday into Friday.

The strongest winds through Wednesday afternoon occurred across northern Ireland, northern Wales, northern England and Scotland. Peak wind gusts have surpassed 110 kph (68 mph) over the higher terrain and along exposed coastal areas with widespread wind gusts over 80 kph (50 mph).

The strong winds have resulted in downed trees and power lines while also disrupting rail service, according to the BBC

While the London area will escape the worst of the storm, wind gusts of 65-80 kph (40-50 mph) are possible from Thursday afternoon into Thursday night.

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Locally damaging winds will spread into areas from northern France to Germany and southern Scandinavia late Thursday into Friday. Cities that may be impacted by damages winds include Paris, France; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Berlin, Germany.

A secondary wave of low pressure will be responsible for the locally damaging winds as it strengthens while crossing the United Kingdom.

At this time, Accuweather.com meteorologists feel that while some power outages and downed trees are expected, structure damage will remain isolated, outside of damage from falling trees.

Coastal flooding and extremely rough seas were also significant impact of this storm as waves towered over 16 meters (52 feet) off the coast of Ireland, northern Ireland and Scotland. The threat for damaging coastal flooding will continue through Wednesday night.

An unsettled weather pattern will persist across northern Europe into next week with gusty winds and showers, although the threat for damaging winds will decrease after Friday.

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