Woman dies after caravan blown off cliff by Storm Ali’s 91mph winds

Woman dies after caravan blown off cliff by Storm Ali’s 91mph winds

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A woman has died after the caravan she was in was blown off a cliff in Storm Ali which has brought gusts of 91mph.

The first named storm of the season brought high winds to the west of Ireland where the caravan was blown onto a beach near Clifden in Co Galway, on Wednesday morning.

Irish police said the body of a woman in her fifties was found after a search on the beach.

Irish forecaster Met Eireann said the strongest gusts in the hour leading up to 10am reached speeds of 120km/h (74.5mph) at Mace Head in County Galway, 98km/h (60.9mph) at Dublin Airport and 107km/h (66.5mph) at Shannon.

The Met Office said gusts of 91mph hit Killowen in County Down, 77mph winds were recorded in Kirkcudbrightshire in Scotland, 74mph gusts hit Capel Curig in Wales and 68mph was recorded in St Bees Head, Cumbria, England.

As Storm Ali rolled in on Wednesday the Met Office updated its amber weather warning of wind, saying there is a high likelihood of impacts across a swathe of the UK.

Travel disruption, power cuts and flying debris are possible as the storm sweeps through, with severe gales and heavy rain forecast for a large part of the UK.

The weather alert remains in place until Wednesday evening and warns that flying debris is likely and could lead to injuries or danger to life.

There is potential for damage to buildings, fallen trees, road closures and large waves in coastal areas.

There is a less severe yellow warning for wind in place until Wednesday night.

 

‘Trees blocking tracks’

Traffic Scotland said the Forth Road Bridge is closed to all vehicles and pedestrians.

ScotRail said the storm was causing disruption to services, tweeting: "We've got a tree blocking tracks at #DumbartonCentral which has damaged overhead wires, and also reports of overhead wire damage at #Partick. We'll provide an update as soon as we can."

Dublin Airport said the storm would have an impact on its schedule and warned of cancellations.

Photos posted on social media showed trees down in Galway, while Dublin Fire Brigade posted about falling trees damaging cars, with one photo showing a smashed windscreen.

The worst of Ali's weather is forecast to be in the north, although areas outside the official weather warnings are unlikely to escape wet and windy conditions.