Storm Pia: Strong winds batter Hull as Christmas travel delays…

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Storm Pia: Strong winds batter Hull as Christmas travel delays…

A yellow warning for strong winds has been issued across Hull and East Yorkshire, as 'Storm Pia' sweeps in. Those in Hull are forecast to face wind speeds of 45mph this morning but elsewhere in the country, they could reach 80mph. The warning was put in place at midnight and will last until 9pm this evening. A flood alert and a flood warning have also been put in place in various areas of East Yorkshire. The warning is in place for 'River levels in the Upper River Hull catchment', which includes the River Hull and tributaries at Frodingham, Hempholme, Wilfholme and Burshill. Pumps are being operated in the area due to the elevated river levels. READ MORE: More weather stories Storm Pia to unleash 45mph gales across Hull and East Riding Flooding may also affect locations near the Beverley and Barmston Drain and River Hull, with low lying land expected to be most affected, including the central River Hull area around Arram, Tickton, Beverley, and Dunswell. Residents have been asked to avoid low-lying paths and driving through floodwater. According to the Met Office, travel is likely to be affected due to the unsettled weather. This will especially affect high-sided vehicles. The Humber Bridge has confirmed it is closed to wind-vulnerable and high-sided vehicles, and the footpaths are also closed due to high winds. Bus and train services may also be affected. Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Paul Gundersen, said: “From late Wednesday into Thursday, strong winds are likely to develop across a large area of the UK. We’ve issued a large yellow warning area where there’s a potential for some impacts, but gusts of 50-60mph are possible for large parts of central and northern areas of the UK. “Exposed coasts and high ground could see gusts of 70-80mph at times, mainly across the far north of Scotland. There’s a chance this low pressure will continue to exert its influence into Friday, so it’s important to stay up to date with the latest Met Office forecast. “This system has been named Storm Pia by the Danish Met Service, with the system likely to have more severe impacts in Denmark.” Updates will appear in the live blog below 13:28 Emily Johnson ‘Very rare’ nacreous clouds seen over Hull this morning Colourful clouds, known as the rare nacreous clouds have been spotted over Hull this morning- captured by Martin Pritchett. The clouds look iridescent and according to the Met Office: “Nacreous clouds form in the lower stratosphere over polar regions when the Sun is just below the horizon. “The ice particles that form nacreous clouds are much smaller than those that form more common clouds. These smaller particles scatter light in a different way, which is what creates the distinctive luminescent appearance.” ‘Very rare’ Nacreous clouds seen over Hull this morning (Image: Martin Pritchett) Because of the very low temperatures required, nacreous clouds are usually only visible from the UK when the cold air which circulates around polar regions in the stratosphere (known as the stratospheric polar vortex) is displaced and hovers temporarily over the UK. They are associated with cold and dry weather. Share 11:13 Emily Johnson Road sign drops and part of tree comes down in Hessle Road A bus user said: “Sign to Humber Bridge Country Park looks worse for wear, in Hessle Road, just before Head Lane. Also part of a tree on that side of road’s path is down.” Road sign looks ‘worse for wear’ after being battered by winds (Image: Submitted) Share 11:04 Emily Johnson Board falls from building in Anlaby Road due to high winds Board falls from former Mecca Bingo site in Anlaby Road (Image: Paul Mckeen ) Traffic light panel ‘flapping off in the wind’ in Anlaby Road (Image: Paul Mckeen) Share 10:49 Emily Johnson Met Office tips for staying safe in strong winds 1. Protecting your property from damage and other people from injury Don't risk injury to others or damage to your property. Check for loose items outside your home and plan how you could secure them in high winds. Items include: bins plant pots garden furniture (bring inside or secure in place) trampolines (turn upside down or secure with tent pegs) sheds (ensure doors are locked) 2. Things you can do before a journey Windy weather can cause delays and make driving conditions dangerous. Follow these few simple steps to prepare before journeys: Plan your route, check for delays and road closures Listen out for travel updates on your car radio/sat nav If you don't have essentials in your car then pack for the worst (warm clothing, food, drink, blanket, torch) Take a fully charged mobile phone with an in-car charger or battery pack 3. Driving safely in strong wind Driving in these conditions can be dangerous, for yourself and other road users. If you must drive, you can do this more safely by: Driving slowly to minimise the impact of wind gusts Be aware of high sided vehicles/caravans on more exposed roads Be cautious overtaking high sided vehicles/caravans Make sure you hold the steering wheel firmly Give cyclists, motorcyclists, lorries and buses more room than usual 4. Staying safe when you're at the coast If you live or work on the coast take extra care during windy and stormy weather. Keep yourself and others safe by following these simple steps: Check the forecasts and tides in your local area here Beware of large waves, even from the shore large breaking waves can sweep you off your feet and out to sea Take care if walking near cliffs – know your route and keep dogs on a lead In an emergency 999 (UK) or 112 (Ireland) and ask for the Coastguard 5. Avoiding injury if you're out and about Being outside in high winds makes you more vulnerable to injury. Stay indoors as much as possible. If you do go out, try not to walk or shelter close to buildings and trees. Be prepared for weather warnings to change quickly. When a weather warning is issued, stay up to date with the weather in your area. Share 10:43 Emily Johnson Wind speed forecast for the rest of the day According to the Met Office, winds will be at their strongest this morning. The forecast for Hull is as follows: 11am- 43mph 12pm- 43mph 1pm- 45mph 2pm- 42mph 3pm- 40mph 4pm- 36mph 5pm- 35mph 6pm- 32mph 7pm- 33mph 8pm- 33mph 9pm- 32mph Share 09:51 Emily Johnson Tree falls across Auckland Avenue- opposite St Mary’s College Tree falls across Auckland Avenue- opposite St Mary’s College- due to strong winds (Image: Martin Saleem/ Hull Traffic and Travel) Share 08:59 Emily Johnson Tree blocking the road in HU8 A tree has blown down and is blocking the road in Hardington Close, east Hull. A tree has been blown down in Hardington Close in east Hull (Image: Angie Lynes/ Traffic and Travel) Share 08:52 Emily Johnson Reminder of which vehicles are vulnerable in high winds Vehicles that are vulnerable during strong winds (Image: National Highways) Share 08:40 Hannah Corken Humber Bridge The Humber Bridge has confirmed it is closed to wind-vulnerable and high-sided vehicles, and the footpaths are also closed due to high winds. Share
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