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Hurricane Bertha to Hit the UK?

Update: 11/08/14

The UK suffered a hit from ex-hurricane Bertha over the weekend with Wales and Southern England being affected by torrential rain and winds. Today, stormy conditions have continued and are now affecting Northern England and Scotland with rain and winds of up to 50mph.

As hurricane Bertha moves across the country, the Environmental Agency has issued 6 flood warnings and 47 flood alerts across England and Wales. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has 12 flood alerts in place. Although the storm has mostly cleared up in the South of England, temperatures are still expected to feel quite cool. Scattered rains will also spread from the West to the East.

The storm has already caused big problems for Northern England and Scotland today so do take care if you have been affected. If you have any information or updates you would like to share, don't hesitate to leave a comment in the box below.

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Update: 08/08/14

Latest reports suggest there is a 60-70% chance that remnants of hurricane Bertha will affect the UK on Sunday. According to the Met office, the situation is still uncertain but it claims the South of England is likely to be hit. There is also the possibility however that the storm will pass through Northern France and miss out the UK completely.

It now depends on how much the storm fragments and weakens as it travels across the Atlantic to determine its direction and intensity, so the next 24 hours are key for predicting the impact it has on the UK.

We hope the storm doesn't spoil your weekend but do make sure you are properly prepared. The Met office will issue updates on the developing situation.

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Could the British Summer be officially doomed by threats of hurricane Bertha making its way here? This is the question that has been raised by many reports on the tropical storm currently situated off the east coast of the US.

Hurricane Bertha is predicted to head north before turning to travel across the North Atlantic over the next 5 days. However there is uncertainty over where Bertha will eventually end up. According to the National Hurricane Centre in the US, the hurricane is expected to grow in size before becoming a post-tropical cyclone and reaching Ireland on Saturday 9th August. There are other theories that involve Bertha heading towards France and missing out the UK completely. However it is entirely possible that the hurricane will arrive in the UK as a storm, making its way here for Sunday or early next week.

Taking Precautions

As a nation to which storms are fairly common, most people will hopefully be well enough equipped to deal with such potential bad weather. We have however seen devastating destruction in the past affecting many areas of the UK. Flooding, fallen trees and power cuts are just a few of the issues storms and torrential rain can cause. We hope that this travelling hurricane has as little impact as possible but it is important to be prepared for such events, even if your only concern is protecting your well loved garden. Fallen fencing and damaged garden materials can be a real hassle but there are a few things you can do to give you the best chance possible.


  • Hide your Garden Décor
  • It might be common sense but a lot of damage can easily be prevented by temporarily storing items such as patio furniture, flowerpots and bins. These items can get damaged and cause havoc themselves by being thrown towards your fences.


  • Trim your Trees
  • Tree branches can cause damage when they fall on fences. Solve this problem by trimming down tree branches that hang near your fences. This is also a useful tip when you get caught out in heavy snow falls.


  • Check your Posts
  • Make sure that you check for loose or damaged fence posts and rebury any that have begun to lift out of the ground. Loose boards of wood should also be fixed in preparation for a storm as they have the potenial to break off and become a safety hazard.

    You can keep updated on Bertha’s movements by visiting the Met office website. Make sure you also see our previous blog posts on how to best protect your garden in bad weather.

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    Has your fence been damaged by high winds?
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    Hurricane Gonzalo to Take the UK by Storm

    Comments

    Jess

    Oh no not again! ;/

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