Heavy rain and winds are set to lash the North East from Tuesday evening as a low pressure system sweeps over Britain from the Atlantic.
The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for wind and rain which cover the North East.
Heavy rain is expected to pepper the region from Tuesday evening, and run into late on Wednesday morning.
The Met Office says Storm Aileen will bring gusts of up to 75mph to central parts of the UK, including Cheshire, Lancashire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.
But, although the most recent predictions say the North East is set to escape the worst of Storm Aileen, there is still a wind warning in place between 8pm on Tuesday, September 12 and 10am on Wednesday, September 13. Heavy rain is also forecast for the region.
The Met Office says disruption to the transport and power networks can be expected.
The Met Office says: “Longer journey times by road, rail and air are likely, with restrictions on roads and bridges. There is also a chance of power cuts, and damage to trees and perhaps buildings.”
Expect strong winds and heavy rain in the North East as Storm Aileen comes to Britain(Image: Newcastle Chronicle)
When can we expect the worst weather in the North East?
From 6pm tonight, we can expect the rain to start lashing down, with forecasters predicting a 40% chance of precipitation between 6pm and 8pm, with 10mph to 20mph winds in the same period.
8pm – midnight
From 8pm onwards, the chance of rain dramatically increases, to between 80% and 90% for the rest of the day, with winds between 8mph and 18mph in Newcastle.
Midnight – 8am
It’s going to be a very, very wet Wednesday according to the Met Office.
There is a 90% chance of rain between midnight and 7am, which only drops to an 80% chance at 8am. Wind speeds are expected to range from 12mph to 30mph, although the Met Office does say stronger gusts are possible.
Wind speeds are forecast to clock between 12mph and 30mph, although there is a chance of stronger gales, according to the Met Office warning.
9am – 5pm
The rain is expected to clear up by 9am, when the likelihood of precipitation drops to 20%. Wind speeds can still be expected to reach 30mph.
5pm – midnight
There’s only a brief respite, as more rain is likely from 5pm until 11pm.
According to the forecast, the strongest winds can be expected between 4am and 4pm on Wednesday, but they will remain forceful throughout the day.
Midnight – 3am
The Met Office says we can expect cool and showery conditions on Thursday as the storm makes its way to the North Sea.
Currently, forecasters predict a 30% chance of rain between midnight and 3am, with winds between 10mph and 21mph.
7am – 4pm
It should stay dry until 4pm, with only a 5% to 10% chance of precipitation. But it will be windy, with gusts of up to 28mph.
4pm – 7pm
There is a 40% chance of rain with gusts of up to 26mph.
10pm – midnight
The chance of rain drops to 10%, with gusts predicted to reach 21mph.
Met Office chief forecaster Frank Saunders said: “Storm Aileen is expected to bring strong winds of up to 75mph to a central segment of the UK and an Amber weather warning has been issued. As well as the strong winds, there will be some heavy rain pushing eastwards overnight which could see accumulations of 30-40mm.
The low pressure system that is bringing these strong winds will move fairly swiftly from west to east over the UK and although there will still be some disruption through Wednesday morning, the winds will ease by the afternoon leaving a day of blustery showers.”
Is it linked to the Caribbean hurricanes?
No, the Met Office says there is no link between Storm Aileen and the destruction seen on the other side of the Atlantic.
Met Office Deputy Meteorologist Chris Tubbs said: “There are no links between the very strong winds we expect to see here in the UK and the hurricanes affecting the United States and the Caribbean at present. This system originated well north in the Atlantic Ocean, independent of the current Caribbean hurricanes”.
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