Severe gales, but why was it #stormwithnoname?

Official blog of the Met Office news team

Last night, a deep area of low pressure moved across southern England and is now weakening as it continues eastwards.

As expected, the system brought heavy rain and widespread northwesterly gales across south Wales and southwest England. Severe gales were experienced locally in more exposed areas with wind gusts of 60-70mph, locally higher.

Wind gust speeds midnight to 3pm Wednesday 9 March:

Site Area Gust (mph)
BERRY HEAD DEVON 91
NEEDLES OLD BATTERY ISLE OF WIGHT 82
ISLE OF PORTLAND DORSET 69
CULDROSE CORNWALL 68
ABERPORTH DYFED 68
PLYMOUTH, MOUNTBATTEN DEVON 67
SCILLY: ST MARYS AIRPORT ISLES OF SCILLY 63
CAMBORNE CORNWALL 63
NORTH WYKE DEVON 63
CARDINHAM, BODMIN CORNWALL 62

Rainfall totals were in the order of 20-30mm with as much as 40mm possible once the rain clears later today. These figures are consistent with our forecasts and the severe weather warnings issued yesterday.

Rainfall totals 10pm Tuesday 8…

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