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Wales battered with 66mph winds as Storm Ellen hits UK and Ireland

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Winds of 66mph have been recorded in Ireland and Wales as Storm Ellen hit western parts of Britain this morning.

Pembrey Sands, on the coast of West Wales, was battered by gusts of 66mph, the Met Office said.

The forecaster tweeted: "Storm Ellen is currently bringing some unseasonably windy weather across the west with Wales having seen the strongest winds so far."

#StormEllen is currently bringing some unseasonably windy weather across the west with Wales having seen the strongest winds so far.

Exposed southern coasts of the Republic of Ireland have also seen gusts of 89 mph at Roches Point earlier on pic.twitter.com/EyqwNHl9eG

— Met Office (@metoffice) August 20, 2020

Gusts of up to 66mph were also recorded in Ireland at Finner, Met Eireann reported, while the Met Office said Ireland's "exposed southern coasts" had experienced gusts of 89mph at Roches Point.

Named by Ireland's Met Office, Ellen is the UK's fifth named storm of the 2019-2020 season.

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Emerging from a "decayed tropical cyclone", it was forecast to sweep across Ireland before hitting all of the UK's west coast, the Met Office said.

Yellow weather warnings have been issued from Scotland's west coast to western Wales and down to Cornwall through to 4am on Friday.

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Waves of over 20ft are expected on Cornwall's coast, according to surf reports.

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said winds on Thursday could reach 75mph.

The centre of #StormEllen will have moved away to the north of Ireland by the morning, but western parts of Britain will continue to see strong winds

Many places will be dry with the best of the sunny spells and light winds in the east. pic.twitter.com/IV47TwNCtS

— Met Office (@metoffice) August 19, 2020

Image: Gusts will start building up to their strongest early on Friday morning

Forecasters predict gusts could bring delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport links, while power supplies could be disrupted.

It is likely some coastal routes and sea fronts will be affected by large waves, and tree damage could cause debris on roads.

As well as heavy rain and wind, temperatures will be much lower than the last 10 days, although East Anglia could still see highs of around 28C on Thursday, the Met Office said.

Large swells will come in from the southwest on Friday morning. Pic: Magic Seaweed
Image: Large swells will come in from the southwest on Friday morning. Pic: Magic Seaweed

Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said: "Following the recent hot and thundery weather we are seeing aRead More – Source