Storm warning for Jersey on Boxing Day

ISLANDERS are being urged to 'batten down the hatches' after a red storm warning was issued for Jersey on Boxing Day.

Some Islanders still braved the sea on Christmas Day despite the cancellation of official events due to Covid-19. Picture Peter Mourant
Some Islanders still braved the sea on Christmas Day despite the cancellation of official events due to Covid-19. Picture Peter Mourant

The Jersey Met Office issued the warning after forecasting a south-westerly storm force ten with gusts of up to 75kts expected later in the day.

A red weather warning means people are advised to avoid outside activity and follow the advice of the authorities.

The wind is expected to begin picking up in the late afternoon on Boxing Day and peak overnight.

The weather warning for Jersey comes as Storm Bella sweeps across the UK, bringing with it severe gales and heavy rain.

It also follows a calm and settled, albeit chilly, Christmas Day when some Islanders kept up the local tradition of a dip in the sea despite the cancellation of organised swims due to Covid-19.

In a post on social media on Boxing Day Jersey Coastguard said: 'Please take extra care over the 24 hours and don't forget to batten down the hatches, lash down your trampolines/ garden furniture, stay inside, eat more turkey, drink more wine, watch more TV... Stay safe folks, she's gonna blow!'

There was flooding around the country on Christmas Day, with residents living in parts of Bedfordshire urged to leave their homes.

An amber wind warning, which warns travel could be disrupted, had been issued for parts of south Wales and across southern England on Saturday.

Meanwhile, a yellow warning of wind for the whole of England and Wales as well as the far south of Scotland will be in force from 3pm on Boxing Day.

It follows relatively calm and cold conditions across the UK on Friday, which saw early morning snowfall recorded in some areas - with the weather service declaring it a White Christmas.

Reports of snow came in from Leconfield in Humberside and Wattisham in Suffolk at 5am on Friday morning, while parts of Greater Manchester saw snow during the afternoon.

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