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Yellow warning of wind, 3 October 2009

The example below details an event that happened in northern England, southern Scotland and Northern Ireland. It would have generated a yellow warning of wind with the new warning service.

Wind Warning Yellow


A low pressure system to the north of the UK brought strong winds and some heavy rain. Wind speeds were strongest during the morning and early afternoon before easing by the evening.

A sample of the highest gusts included:

Exposed coasts and hills in northern
England and southern Scotland

  near 70mph
Castlederg, Co Tyrone  62mph (54kn)   
Loftus, North Yorkshire  62mph (54kn)
Macrihanish, Argyle  61mph (53kn)


Wind blows a large wave over a structure

  • Ferry crossings between Isle of Man and Liverpool cancelled for a time.
  • Dunhill Links Golf Championship and three Scottish League football matches postponed.
  • Around 1,000 homes were temporarily without power as electricity infrastructure was affected in Northern Ireland.
  • A loose panel on a petrol station in Whitehaven, Cumbria caused the station and surrounding road to be closed until it could be secured.
  • A man had a lucky escape from a falling branch in Fenham, Newcastle, and residents were evacuated from high-rise flats as a window cleaning cradle was blown loose.
  • Strong winds exacerbated fires on moorland in North Yorkshire and hampered the search for a missing diver off the west coast of Scotland.

Warning Assessment

Based on the new warning system the following assessments would have been made:

  • Likelihood - high
  • Impact - low

This would have resulted in a yellow warning for wind:

Yellow Warning - wind

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