UK weather: Tail-end of Hurricane Lorenzo is set to bring gale-force winds to Britain

Tail-end of Hurricane Lorenzo is set to bring gale-force winds and more heavy rain to Britain this evening after temperatures plunged to -2.7C overnight

  • Remnants of Hurricane Lorenzo will bring gale-force winds and further heavy rain to parts of Britain tonight
  • Storm comes just as homes and businesses continue to clear up after a week’s worth of rain fell in an hour
  • Former category five hurricane travelled further east across the Atlantic than any tropical storm on record
  • Expected to bring damaging winds to Ireland today and coastal areas of England and Wales early tomorrow

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The remnants of Hurricane Lorenzo will bring gale-force winds and further heavy rain to parts of Britain tonight – just as homes and businesses continue to clear up after a week’s worth of rain fell in an hour.

With 160mph winds, the former category five hurricane travelled further east across the Atlantic than any tropical storm on record.

While it has now weakened significantly, it is still expected to bring damaging winds to Ireland today and to coastal areas of England and Wales from the early hours of tomorrow morning.

With it will come a further drenching for much of the country tomorrow, even as the clean-up continues in communities such as Laxey on the Isle of Man where a major incident was declared on Tuesday. 

The sun rises amid a kaleidoscope of colours this morning behind MediaCity in Salford, Greater Manchester

UK weather: Tail-end of Hurricane Lorenzo is set to bring gale-force winds to Britain

Deer feed as the sun rises over a frosty Bushy Park in South West London this morning ahead of a cold autumnal day

UK weather: Tail-end of Hurricane Lorenzo is set to bring gale-force winds to Britain

A beautiful sunrise behind a new building development in Manchester this morning at the start of what will be a windy day

UK weather: Tail-end of Hurricane Lorenzo is set to bring gale-force winds to Britain

The sky begins to change colour as the sun rises this morning behind MediaCity in Salford, Greater Manchester

UK weather: Tail-end of Hurricane Lorenzo is set to bring gale-force winds to Britain

Deer are pictured in front of the sunrise over a misty Bushy Park in South West London this morning

UK weather: Tail-end of Hurricane Lorenzo is set to bring gale-force winds to Britain

Darkness begins to turn to light as the sun rises behind MediaCity in Salford, Greater Manchester, this morning

Devastation was caused when the swollen River Laxey burst through a gap in a wall, created so a weir designed to boost salmon stocks could be repaired.

The work was supposed to be completed at the end of September but overran, and after more than 100mm (4in) of rain fell in 20 hours a metal barrier plugging the gap was swept aside.

Several residents had to be evacuated from their homes as the torrent surged into the village, and yesterday there was fury at the second flood in four years.

One of those affected, Richard Kneen, the work on the river was ‘totally unnecessary’ and utility bosses should be held accountable.

‘The whole thing was an unmitigated disaster down here that could have been prevented,’ he told the BBC. ‘Heads should roll for this, there’s millions of pounds worth of damage.’

Visiting the scene yesterday the island’s Chief Minister, Howard Quayle, promised to give residents answers. ‘We need to get to the bottom of what had caused the problem, fix it, and ensure it doesn’t happen again,’ he said. 

UK weather: Tail-end of Hurricane Lorenzo is set to bring gale-force winds to Britain UK weather: Tail-end of Hurricane Lorenzo is set to bring gale-force winds to Britain

This graphic from the US National Hurricane Center shows the expected track of the storm over Britain today and tomorrow

UK weather: Tail-end of Hurricane Lorenzo is set to bring gale-force winds to Britain UK weather: Tail-end of Hurricane Lorenzo is set to bring gale-force winds to Britain

Temperatures are below 10C in most areas of Britain this morning (left).

A wind warning is in force in Northern Ireland (right)

It comes as temperatures fell to -2.7C (27.1F) at Braemar in Aberdeenshire overnight – the same low that was recorded the night before on the western side of Scotland in Tyndrum.

Meanwhile, fire chiefs slammed a truck driver who had to be rescued from the raging River Ure near Ripon only to tell them ‘my Sat Nav said this way’.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service station manager Andy Creasy took to Twitter yesterday to slam his ‘unbelievable stupidity’.

Homeowners in Ruskington, Lincolnshire, were also counting the cost as an overflowing beck overwhelmed at least six bungalows.

A bright, clear day for most areas yesterday which began with a frosty start in rural spots enabled most of hundreds of flood alerts issued the day before to be lifted.

UK weather: Tail-end of Hurricane Lorenzo is set to bring gale-force winds to Britain UK weather: Tail-end of Hurricane Lorenzo is set to bring gale-force winds to Britain

Northern Ireland will be hit by the strongest winds this afternoon (left), before the South West suffers tomorrow (right)

UK weather: Tail-end of Hurricane Lorenzo is set to bring gale-force winds to Britain

The Environment Agency has 44 flood alerts (in orange) and 11 flood warnings (in red) in place for England this morning

Today will again start off cold, with rain spreading from the West.

But the remnants of the hurricane – retitled Storm Lorenzo, the first named storm of the autumn – will start battering the Republic of Ireland this afternoon.

Forecasters warn of gales striking coastal Northern Ireland later in the day, with ‘damaging’ 65mph gusts spreading overnight into Cornwall, Devon and the south western corner of Wales.

The system will bring with it ‘tropical’ air and 17C (63F) temperatures, and inland areas will see a bright and mild afternoon.

Andy Page, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, yesterday predicted that the impact of the storm on the UK would be ‘minimal’.

But further strong winds are expected to buffet the South coast tomorrow, bringing high waves smashing over sea walls and harbours, with an unsettled weekend to follow.

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