Met Office issues yellow warning for Leicestershire as Storm Franklin takes grip

By Jayden Whitworth

BLOWN OVER: Storm Franklin strikes De Montfort University on Monday Morning

Storm Franklin is set to dominate Leicestershire today(MONFEB21) after Storm Eunice caused havoc in the county over the weekend.

Storm Eunice caused monumental damage to houses and buildings across the county which left many people suffering power-cuts.

On Friday, Leicestershire faced winds of more than 60mph with many labelling the storm as ‘one of a kind’.

Now, Storm Franklin is set to take a grip on the country with yellow warnings announced across England and amber warnings for parts of Northern Ireland.

The torrential winds arrived in Britain on Sunday night with the Met Office predicting them to last until Monday morning.

Whilst Storm Franklin is not expected to cause nearly as much damage as Storm Eunice did, some homes in England have been evacuated amidst flood warnings.

Maria Harrison, from Thurmaston, said: “It was crazy on Friday, I’ve never known wind like it, it was quite scary.

“Fortunately, we didn’t have any damage to our home, but I saw no end of people posting images on Facebook of roof tiles falling off, and bins flying across the street.

“Hopefully this new storm will be a little calmer.”

This is the first time that three new storms have been named in one week since the naming system began in 2015, with Storm Dudley, Eunice and Franklin striking consecutively.

Met Office chief meteorologist, Andy Page said: “Following the significant impacts of Storm Eunice on Friday, Storm Franklin will bring further high winds for many, late on Sunday and into Monday, although not on the same scale as Eunice.

“Coastal areas of Northern Ireland, especially on the north coast, will face the strongest gusts of wind, which could be around 80mph in a few places. Amber and yellow wind warnings have been issued, and people should remain cautious ahead of the system that will bring 50-60mph wind gusts for much of the UK from late on Sunday and through Monday.” 

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