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:

SiteAreaGust (mph)
BERRY HEADDEVON91
NEEDLES OLD BATTERYISLE OF WIGHT82
ISLE OF PORTLANDDORSET69
CULDROSECORNWALL68
ABERPORTHDYFED68
PLYMOUTH, MOUNTBATTENDEVON67
SCILLY: ST MARYS AIRPORTISLES OF SCILLY63
CAMBORNECORNWALL63
NORTH WYKEDEVON63
CARDINHAM, BODMINCORNWALL62

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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