Storm Gareth to threaten UK, Netherlands with damaging winds into midweek

By Courtney Spamer, AccuWeather meteorologist
By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
March 13, 2019, 3:20:57 AM EDT

The stormy pattern across western Europe continues as Storm Gareth is expected to sweep damaging winds and localised flooding from the British Isles to the Netherlands and Germany into midweek.

Storm Gareth was officially named by Met Éireann on Monday before it spread rain and strong winds across the British Isles.

"Rainfall amounts of 25-50 mm (1-2 inches) are expected in these areas, with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 75 mm (3 inches)," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys.

Recent rainfall in addition to the downpours from this storm will elevate the risk for flooding.

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In addition to heavy rain, winds will become locally damaging into Wednesday across Ireland and the United Kingdom.

After slamming Ireland and the United Kingdom, strong wind gusts will stretch to France, as well as parts of Belgium, Netherlands and northwestern Germany into Wednesday.

The highest wind gusts, at a magnitude of 95-110 km/h (60-70 mph), are expected in western Scotland, Northern Ireland, coastal communities in the Netherlands and far northwest Germany.

"There can be an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 145 km/h (90 mph) at the northwest-facing coastal and exposed areas of western Scotland and Northern Ireland," according to Roys.

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These winds can produce widespread power cuts and travel disruptions with a localized risk for damage to homes and businesses.

Wind gusts 65-80 km/h (40-50 mph) are expected in London and Paris while Brussels and Manchester could see a wind gust as high as 95 km/h (60 mph).

The strongest winds in London are anticipated during the morning and midday hours of Tuesday with another burst of wind to follow on Wednesday.

Winds of this magnitude are likely to lead to travel disruptions, including crosswinds on the roads, flight delays at airports and disruptions for boat or ferry travel across the English Channel and Irish Sea.

Seas are expected to become too dangerous for vessels and small craft across the Atlantic Ocean.

"Seas can rise to phenomenal levels in excess of 15 meters (50 feet) offshore of western Ireland on Tuesday evening," according to Roys.

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Another storm will quickly approach bringing the risk for more rain and strong winds from the British Isles to Germany Wednesday night into Thursday.

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