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Barney to Unleash Powerful Winds From France to Germany and Poland

11/16/2015, 8:30:06 AM

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Barney, the second named wind storm of the season by the Met Office, will have impacts well outside the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Strong winds will develop across northern France Tuesday afternoon and progress eastward Tuesday night into Wednesday.


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The strongest winds will pass north of Paris; however, wind gusts to 65 km/h (40 mph) are still possible late Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night.

Farther north, Belgium, Netherlands and western Germany will all face the worst of the storm wind gusts over 80 km/h (50 mph). Exposed coastal areas and any higher terrain can see gusts approach 120 km/h (75 mph).

Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt and Hamburg could all endure winds powerful enough to knock down tree limbs and power lines.

The worst of the storm will impact Brussels and Amsterdam Tuesday evening before advancing to Hamburg and Frankfurt overnight.


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The storm will advance eastward and begin to weaken on Wednesday; however, wind gusts over 65 km/h (40 mph) are still expected in Munich, Prague and Berlin. Isolated gusts as high as 80 km/h (50 mph) are possible.

Outside of tree damage and power outages, travel will also be impacted by this storm as the strong winds can lead to flight and train delays while also creating dangerous cross winds for automobiles.

Another storm taking a similar track will bring a second round go strong winds to areas from Belgium and Netherlands to Poland from late Wednesday into Thursday.

The combination of these back to storms will put extra strain on trees and power lines which could result in more long-duration power outages.

The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

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