Weather officials have warned of potential travel disruptions and power cuts across the country from Saturday evening (local time), February 8, through Monday, February 10, due to the passage of Storm Ciara. The Meteorological Office has issued yellow wind and rain warnings for northwestern parts of the UK on Saturday, followed by a yellow wind warning covering the entirety of the country on Sunday, February 9. Wind gusts of 80-96 kph (50-60 mph) are expected across inland areas, with gusts of up 129 kph (80 mph) expected in coastal areas, notably in Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey, and Kent counties. Rail companies will be operating on a reduced timetable on Sunday, and have advised individuals not to travel unless necessary. Additional disruptions, including delays and cancelations, to air, land, rail, and ferry services are to be expected.
Related transportation disruptions, hazardous driving conditions, and power outages are possible over the coming hours and days.
Individuals in areas forecast to be affected by the storm are advised to monitor local weather reports, prepare for transportation disruptions (including road closures and power outages), and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.