A Met Office weather warning for strong winds has been issued across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire as Storm Jorge approaches the UK this weekend.
The yellow weather warning is in force from noon on Saturday, February 29, until noon on Sunday March 1 – with some disruption expected to transport and electricity supplies.
Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Paul Gundersen, said: “This weekend we’ll see another named Storm bring strong winds to parts of the UK with several wind and rain warnings in place.
“On Friday a band of rain associated with Storm Jorge will move across the UK – we have issued rain warnings for parts of Wales and northern England, where rain will be heaviest and we could see 60-80mm possible over the highest ground.
“South-westerly winds will strengthen through Saturday morning and it’ll turn widely windy except for northern Scotland, with wind warnings in place for Northern Ireland, Wales, southern Scotland and much of England.
“Where warnings are in place gusts of 50-60mph are likely quite widely with 65-70mph possible in coastal areas, however the strongest and most damaging winds are expected across the Republic of Ireland.”
The area has already been battered by several storms in the past weeks- including Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis.
The storm is called Jorge rather than Ellen, the next name on the Met Office storm names list for this season, because the Spanish equivalent to the Met Office – the Agencia Estatal de Meteorología – named it earlier today (Thursday February 27).
Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Dan Harris, said: “As Storm Jorge begins to weaken and clear later on Saturday we’ll see a trend back to slightly colder conditions, with some snow over hills and mountains in the north of the UK and a mixture of rain and hail showers in the south.
“Away from much of Scotland it’ll remain blustery on Sunday, although not quite as windy as Saturday.
“The weather looks likely to remain rather cold and showery into next week and there’s a chance of further wet and windy weather around the middle of the week, although confidence in details are low at this stage.”