Britain prepares for worst storm in more than a decade
One of the strongest storms Great Britain has seen in decades is expected to hit its southern half Monday. Nicknamed “Saint Jude” after the saint who is traditionally celebrated on the day the storm is expected to hit, the storm is expected to bring winds of about 80 miles per hour and heavy rain.
Britain braced for hurricane-force ‘Saint Jude’ storm
Reuters, October 27, 2013
LONDON (Reuters) – Hurricane-force winds are forecast to disrupt road, rail and airport networks on Monday when one of the strongest storms in decades is expected to hit the southern half of Britain during rush-hour, forecasters warned on Sunday.
Local media dubbed the storm “Saint Jude”, after the patron saint of lost causes who is traditionally celebrated on October 28, and made comparisons to 1987 when a storm killed 18 people in Britain and felled some 15 million trees.
The storm is expected to bring 80 mph winds and heavy rain to Britain early on Monday morning. The strongest winds could affect commuter routes north of London and across the central region, the Met Office said.