Gale force winds and heavy rain are set to hit parts of the south-west of the UK today as Storm Evert wreaks havoc, with a yellow weather warning issued by the Met Office in place.
Cornwall and Devon are expected to see the worst of the storm, with winds expected to reach 75mph. Travel warnings have been put in place, and residents have been told to expect power cuts and possible damage to buildings.
The area, which is popular with UK holidaymakers, has seen torrential downpours of rain ruin the start of many people’s time away with family and friends.
Campers this morning revealed they endured a “night of carnage” on Thursday as tents went flying at Cornish campsites.
The Met Office has warned that Storm Evert will move in an easterly direction across the UK and “will get worse before it gets better”.
Separate yellow warnings for wind and thunderstorms are in place across the east and south-east of England.
Whilst ⚠️ strong winds ⚠️ are affecting parts of the south this morning, the latest weather radar shows bands of locally heavy #rain spiralling around the centre of #StormEvert ????️
Take care if you are travelling and allow some extra time for your journey
Stay #WeatherAware pic.twitter.com/Mt9mdwwO5R
— Met Office (@metoffice) July 30, 2021
Why is it called Storm Evert?
The Met Office and its Irish counterpart, Met Eireaan, started to give names to storms after research revealed that people were more likely to react to extreme weather warnings if they were given a name.
The last extreme weather event to hit the UK was Storm Darcy, which saw large parts of England and Scotland hit by snow storms and ice conditions that shut schools, caused travel delays and cut off rural communities.
Another extreme weather event before this was the “Beast from the East”, which caused similar chaos to the country in 2018.
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Extreme weather events
Storm Evert comes at a time when the UK is experiencing some of its most extreme weather conditions in living memory. Earlier this week, it was reported how record breaking temperatures could become more of a common occurrence in the years to come.
Flash floods were seen in London and other parts of England earlier this week. London Mayor Sadiq Khan is to meet with Transport for London (TfL), the Fire Brigade, London councils and the Environment Agency today to discuss how to prevent future floods in the capital.