Barrage of storms to follow Storm Gareth from UK into northern Europe

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
March 14, 2019, 6:08:45 AM EDT


Storm Gareth pounded the British Isles with damaging winds and downpours before shifting into northern Europe on Wednesday.

Peak wind gusts of 80-95 km/h (50-60 mph) were common across Ireland and the United Kingdom from Tuesday night into Wednesday. A peak wind gust of 120 km/h (75 mph) was reported in Machrihanish, Scotland.

A group of climbers were caught in an avalanche on Ben Nevis, Britain's tallest peak, on Tuesday as powerful winds swept through the area, according to the BBC. Three of the four climbers involved in the incident were killed.

Winds will subside only briefly before the next storm brings another round of locally damaging winds from the British Isles to Germany and France on Thursday.

Widespread wind gusts of 65-80 km/h (40-50 mph) are expected in Dublin, Manchester, London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Frankfurt on Thursday.


Local gusts up to 95 km/h (60 mph) are possible near the coast of southern England, northern France and Belgium from this storm.

While rainfall is not expected to exceed 25 mm (1 inch) in any location on Thursday, the combination of this rainfall and rain from Gareth and preceding storms will result in localised flooding problems.

"The biggest concern for flooding will be in northwest England and western Wales," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys.

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Another storm will race eastward on Friday bringing more strong winds and rainfall.

This storm will focus its strongest winds from Ireland into England before spreading across the North Sea and striking Belgium, Netherlands and Denmark.

Frequent wind gusts of 65-80 km/h (40-50 mph) are expected in these areas with locally higher gusts possible along the immediate coastline.

Significant disruptions to travel will once again be possible through much of the southern half of the U.K. and the Low Countries.

While Scotland will miss out on the strongest winds, gusty winds combined with snow in the higher terrain will result in blizzard conditions at times on Friday.

There will be no respite from the unsettled weather this weekend as another storm arrives on Saturday with locally damaging winds and downpours.

The brunt of this storm may set its sights on southern Ireland, Wales, England and coastal communities from northern France into Belgium, Netherlands and Denmark.

The potential exists for another round of travel delays and power cuts as wind gusts can exceed 80 km/h (50 mph).

Another soaking rainfall from Ireland into Wales and Northern England will set the stage for flooding problems and travel disruptions.

A period of more tranquil weather may arrive next week finally bringing some reprieve from the recent stormy weather.

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