Storm Isha: Met Office issues yellow weather alert for Manchester including "danger to life" warning

The extreme weather is set to stick around in Manchester.
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Manchester has been frozen this week, with temperatures of below freezing bringing snow and ice to the region. The weekend is set to see a rise in the temperature, but will bring with it a fresh weather warning.

After three yellow weather warnings for snow and ice this week, Manchester now must prepare for strong winds. A warning for high winds has been issued by the Met Office, and comes into place at noon on Sunday January 22. 

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The UK is now set to be hit by Storm Isha on Sunday, meaning it looks set to be a windy and wet start to the new week.

The warning is currently in place for 24 hours, coming to an end at noon on Monday January 23. During the warning, wind guts could reach 40mph and above, which could cause some issues if you need to get out and about. 

The Met Office has issued details on what to expect if you are in one of the areas covered by the warning. They said: 

  • Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, could happen
  • Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible
  • Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • Injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties
  • Some roads and bridges may close
  • Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible

Strong winds will hit Manchester this weekend Strong winds will hit Manchester this weekend
Strong winds will hit Manchester this weekend

Chief Meteorologist, Dan Suri, said: “Storm Isha will bring strong winds to the whole of the UK through Sunday and into Monday. The areas of particular concern are reflected by a large Amber severe weather warning which covers Northern Ireland, central and southern Scotland, Wales, much of northern England as well as southwestern parts of England.

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“In these regions we could see gusts frequently between 50-60mph and even up to 80mph in exposed coastal locations. As the storm starts to move away on Monday morning very strong winds will also develop in the far southeast of England, bringing the risk of 70-80mph gusts here too in the early hours of Monday morning.

“Storm Isha will bring a disruptive spell of weather to the UK with strong winds across the whole country. Heavy rain will cause additional hazards, particularly in the west. A number of severe weather warnings for rain have also been issued. Keep up to date with the Met Office warnings and pay close attention to guidance from your local authority.”