Batten down the hatches for Storm Doris

The Met Office has issued a number of warnings today as Storm Doris approaches – including a yellow warning for wind for our area.

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The Met Office issues a Yellow Warning covering Colnbrook at 6:30am this morning (Thursday 23rd), warning of very strong winds expected during today in association with Storm Doris.

As well as Slough, the warning covers Bracknell Forest, Brighton and Hove, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Greater London, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Medway, Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton, Surrey, West Berkshire, West Sussex, Windsor and Maidenhead, and Wokingham.

MET OFFICE ADVICE.  A rapidly deepening area of low pressure, named Storm Doris, is moving quickly east across the UK with strong winds on its southern and western flanks. Whilst there is confidence in the very windy spell, there is still some uncertainty about the track of Doris, and therefore the extent of the strongest winds.

Gusts of 50-60 mph are expected widely across the warning area, with the risk of 70 mph on coasts and hills.

Colnbrook’s weather today will be mixed.  It is due to be a wet morning, with a band of heavy blustery rain spreading east. Then turning very windy with gales, with some risk of disruption. Some brighter spells are possible, as are further outbreaks of rain. Maximum temperature will be 10 °C.

Heathrow has already cancelled over 80 flights today as a result of the high winds and is advising those due to travel to check with their airline.

A separate Amber warning has been issued for Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Greater London where the Met Office says a small swathe of even stronger winds is likely to develop. Here a short period of gusts of 70 to 80 mph is likely.

Both warnings are valid through to 8pm this evening.

Travel services could be affected including some restrictions on bridges and disruption to ferries. Some damage to trees and buildings is also possible.

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