Storm waves crashing against a harbour wall

Storm Ali

Storm Ali was named on 18 September with strong winds forecast for the northern areas of the British Isles on the 19 September.

It brought widespread strong winds and heavy rains, with the strongest gusts being recorded in Ireland, Northern Ireland and western Scotland.

Exposed areas saw even higher gusts with Cairngorm Summit recording 105 mph and the Tay Road Bridge recording a gust of 102 mph.

Storm Ali - Maximum gust speeds (mph)
Site name Area Max gust (mph)
Killowen County Down 91
Mace Head Republic of Ireland 90
Orlock Head County Down 81
Dundrennan Dumfries & Galloway 78
Inverbervie Aberdeenshire 77
Newport Republic of Ireland 77
Capel Curig Snowdonia 77
Boulmer Northumberland 75
Aberdaron Gwynedd 75

Storm Ali impacts

Storm Ali caused extensive power outages and travel disruption in Northern Ireland and Scotland, including the closure of exposed bridges. There was also damage to buildings and vehicles alongside many fallen trees across the northwest of the UK. Unfortunately, two people also lost their lives as a result of the storm.