Storm Kathleen Set to Hit the UK With Strong Winds, Met Office Warns

With gusts of 70 mph, storm Kathleen raced towards the United Kingdom and Ireland on April 6th, prompting the Met Office to issue a yellow weather warning, indicating a threat to life.

On Thursday, the Irish Meteorological Service designated the storm, which made its way in on Friday with gusty winds. It was the eleventh storm of the season.

There were exposed sections throughout the western parts of the United Kingdom—the southwest and northwest of England, Northern Ireland, and portions of Scotland and Wales—where gusts of up to 70 mph arrived.

The Met Office warned coastal regions could see big waves and blustery gusts up to 50 mph.  On Saturday, the yellow warning lasted from 8 am until 10 pm.

Meteorologist Alex Burkill, who is looking forward ten days, says there may be heavy rain, with hints of dry weather soon after.

As Hurricane Kathleen ripped across the nation, bringing torrential rain and gusts of up to 70 mph, thousands of houses were without electricity.

Storm Kathleen blew over Ireland on Saturday evening, leaving almost 12,000 people without energy. Many of these customers remained without power overnight.

A new wind warning for north-west Scotland was in effect for Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm, and the strong gusts are forecast to continue into the next day.

Seventy planes scheduled to take off or land at UK airports around Saturday noon were forced to cancel due to the strong winds.

On Sunday, the Met Office predicted high winds, including gales in several areas. More rain is forecast for Monday.

A representative for Titanic Belfast announced that the attraction will be closed on Saturday and Sunday for safety reasons.

Repair activities cannot commence due to persistent bad weather, which limits the use of the roof for damage assessment. The attraction is set to reopen on Monday, and guests who pre-booked will get a refund. Storm Isha damaged it in January.

Kathleen is the eleventh named storm to hit the season between 1 September 2023 and 31 August 2024.