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Medium likelihood, medium impact Amber warning of wind

Yorkshire and NE England 4 & 5 December 2015

Storm Desmond passing well to the northwest of the UK, close to Iceland brought a windy weekend to the whole of the UK. The system was expected to give two periods of severe gales with the potential for damaging gusts to northern areas.

The first across Scotland and northern England on the afternoon of the 4December and into the night followed by the second on the afternoon and evening of the 5 December especially across southeast Scotland and northeast England.

The storm caused disruption from very strong winds, gusting at 60 to 70 mph in exposed coastal regions and hills.

Storm Desmond - Maximum gust speeds (mph)
Site nameAreaMax Gust (mph)
Capel CurigGwynedd81
Needles Old BatteryIsle of Wight78
High BradfieldSouth Yorkshire77
Redesdale CampNorthumberland73

This is how the warnings matrix looked on 5 December 2015.

Amber warnings matrix

Warning verification results

The weather warning was subsequently verified with the results discussed and confirmed by the Public Weather Service Customer Group. The overall result was that the warning gave excellent guidance, scoring 9 out of 9.


  • 43,000 homes where without power in Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear and the Yorkshire Dales.
  • In the Tyne and Wear area fire fighters were called to deal with roofs and scaffolding in dangerous conditions due to the high winds
  • In South Shields a gable end collapsed into the street causing damage and disruption

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