On Easter Saturday the Met Office announced the impending arrival of another named storm from across the Atlantic:
Storm Katie is forecast to affect southern England and south Wales on Easter Monday
Anticipating the development of an area of low pressure, which will affect southern England and south Wales on Easter Monday, The Met Office has decided to name the storm Katie. This will be the 11th named storm since last autumn.
A National Severe Weather Warning for strong winds has been issued, covering much of Easter Monday.
The Met Office also issued a severe weather warning for the winds from Storm Katie across Southern England:
Issued at: 1031 on Sat 26 Mar 2016
Valid from: 0115 on Mon 28 Mar 2016
Valid to: 1400 on Mon 28 Mar 2016
Winds will strengthen markedly across southern England and through the Bristol Channel from the start of Monday, with the potential for 50-60 mph gusts inland and 70 mph gusts around coasts exposed to the south. Whilst there is a low likelihood of all areas seeing these strong gusts for a time southern coastal counties from Hampshire eastwards look most likely to see the strongest winds. These will then ease from the southwest during the morning, clearing from the east early in the afternoon. Additional hazards may include large waves around exposed coasts as well as a period of heavy rain.
Please be aware of the potential for disruption to outdoor activities and travel, as well as the possibility of fallen trees and temporary interruptions to power supplies.
On Easter Sunday the Met Office’s “Chief Forecaster’s assessment” firmed up the forecast a bit, saying that:
There is increased confidence in the likelihood of a period of disruptive southerly winds, veering westerly later. Winds are likely to be strongest in southern coastal areas, but there is potential for some very strong, squally gusts inland during the morning before winds ease from the west during the day.
Now the morning of Easter Monday has arrived, as have those “temporary interruptions to power supplies”. Storm Katie has done her worst, and here’s how the damage looked at 08:00 BST. First of all here’s Western Power Distribution‘s current power cut map:
Further east here’s Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution‘s power cut map:
and here’s one from UK Power Networks‘ for South East England:
Unlike WPD, SSEPD and UKPN don’t publish real time tables of the number of properties without power. SSEPD are however providing a “Live Storm Feed” for Katie:
According to their latest news bulletins:
Southern Electric Power Distribution has more than 900 engineering, technical and support staff on duty to deal with Storm Katie, and since last night power has been restored to 40,300 customers.
There are currently 28,497 customers in West Sussex whose power supply have been affected by Storm Katie.
There are currently 4,152 customers in Berkshire whose power supply have been affected by Storm Katie.
There are currently 2,893 customers in Dorset whose power supply have been affected by Storm Katie.
According to the UKPN Press Office:
There are currently 19,000 properties without power across South East England (Kent, Surrey and Sussex)
SSEPD are also “Live Tweeting” about the problems Katie’s winds have caused their network:
— southernelecPD (@southernelecPD) March 28, 2016