HE­LENE MAY BE ON WAY TO WALES

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - CATHY OWEN Re­porter cathy.owen@waleson­line.co.uk

FORE­CAST­ERS are watch­ing storm He­lene closely as it heads to­wards the UK. A se­vere weather alert is­sued by the Met Of­fice on Fri­day warns that Wales is likely to bear the brunt if it takes the path they are pre­dict­ing.

And a spokesman said that the level-one yel­low alert may be up­graded, de­pend­ing on the path and sever­ity of the storm.

Gra­hame Madge said: “The UK’s weather will come un­der the in­flu­ence of ex-hur­ri­cane He­lene, al­though there are other sys­tems in the At­lantic which may mod­ify this par­tic­u­lar one.

“There is a warn­ing out from Mon­day night, with He­lene ex­pected to bring strong winds and heavy rain mainly across western Bri­tain through Tues­day morn­ing.

“We ex­pect to see winds of 80mph in the worst-af­fected re­gions, how­ever across east­ern Bri­tain it may just be blus­tery and other­wise warm, with some fine weather.

“At the mo­ment we are on a yel­low warn­ing but we will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion and things may change due to the uncer­tainty of how this will pan out.”

In a bizarre twist, the trop­i­cal na­ture of the storms could see tem­per­a­tures as high as 30°C next week.

He­lene be­gan off Cape Verde but has been down­graded to a trop­i­cal storm as it makes its way east.

Chan­nel 4 weather fore­caster Liam Dut­ton says: “Storm He­lene has the po­ten­tial to bring unsea­son­ably strong and dam­ag­ing winds to west- ern parts of the UK next Mon/Tue. Still uncer­tainty on ex­act path and strength, but the Met Of­fice has is­sued a yel­low warn­ing.

“For some, it could bring a burst of warmth, rather than strong winds.”

The yel­low warn­ing, in force between 6pm on Mon­day and mid­day on Tues­day, says “very strong winds” could pose the risk of “in­juries and dan­ger to life” be­cause of fly­ing de­bris.

Large waves lash­ing coastal re­gions also have the po­ten­tial to harm by pro­pel­ling “beach ma­te­rial” onto seafronts, the warn­ing said.

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