Storm Ali has triggered an amber weather warning in the UK for Wednesday, September 19th. The warning has been updated to include more of the northeast of England and the likelihood of impacts was increased to high.
Storm Ali is predicted to bring a spell of very strong winds accompanied by heavy and squally showers to Northern Ireland before moving across the north of England and central and southern Scotland.
These areas, as well as exposed coasts and high ground, could see gusts of 80 mph at times, the Met office said. Winds are expected to ease from the west through the afternoon.
The Met office tweeted in the morning, the strongest winds were blowing across Northern Ireland and northwest Wales with gusts already reaching 55-65 mph at the time.
Met Office Meteorologist Clare Nasir also said Northern Ireland, as well as central and south Scotland, could expect the “most damaging gusts” throughout Wednesday.
Underlining the dangers of the storm, AP reported that a woman has died due to the heavy winds blowing the caravan in which she was sleeping off a cliff in the west of Ireland. Irish police said that the accident occurred in County Galway on the morning of September 19th.
Yellow warnings have also been issued for strong winds in northern Wales and England, as well as all of Northern Ireland and Scotland.
The BBC reported that because of Ali, which is the UK's first named storm of the season, around 55,000 homes and businesses in Ireland have been left without power.
Belfast Zoo made the decision to keep its doors closed for “safety reasons.”
More yellow warnings for wind and rain have been posted by the Met office for the next two days, as well as Sunday and Monday, advising people in the affected areas to “stay indoors as much as possible” during the storm.