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'Storm Jorge' triggers double alert for Cornwall

'Storm Jorge' triggers double alert for Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 1:24pm 27th February 2020. (Updated at 12:45pm 28th February 2020)

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Spain's equivalent of the Met Office has named the storm sweeping towards Cornwall.

Jorge has triggered a double weather warning for heavy rain and strong winds.

The downpours are set to batter the Duchy from the early hours of Friday.

Gusts of up to 70mph could trigger huge waves and travel disruption over the weekend.

Scroll down to read what to expect and why the storm is called Jorge and not Ellen.

What can we expect from Storm Jorge?

Storm Jorge will bring heavy rain and strong winds to parts of the UK from Friday.

Named by the Spanish meteorological service, Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET) on Thursday, Storm Jorge will track across the north-west of the UK over the weekend bringing another spell of strong winds and heavy rain.  

The system will also bring a spell of strong winds to northwest Spain on Saturday, prompting AEMET to issue orange wind warnings and name the system.

"This weekend we'll see another named Storm bring strong winds to parts of the UK with several wind and rain warnings in place.

"On Friday a band of rain associated with Storm Jorge will move across the UK - we have issued rain warnings for parts of Wales and northern England, where rain will be heaviest and we could see 60-80mm possible over the highest ground.  

"South-westerly winds will strengthen through Saturday morning and it'll turn widely windy except for northern Scotland, with wind warnings in place for Northern Ireland, Wales, southern Scotland and much of England.  
"Where warnings are in place gusts of 50-60mph are likely quite widely with 65-70mph possible in coastal areas, however the strongest and most damaging winds are expected across the Republic of Ireland".

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Paul Gundersen

Why Storm Jorge and not Storm Ellen?

The Spanish meteorological service, part of the south west Europe storm naming group, named Storm Jorge on Thursday (27th).  

It is convention for all other national meteorological services to then use that name when referring to the low pressure. 

As such the system will not be named Ellen but will align with our European partners and be referred to as 'Jorge'.  

The fact that the system may have a different name than some expected should not influence their response. 

The weather over the weekend could have impacts due to the strong winds and those in the warning areas should take the advice of local emergency services seriously.

"As Storm Jorge begins to weaken and clear later on Saturday we'll see a trend back to slightly colder conditions, with some snow over hills and mountains in the north of the UK and a mixture of rain and hail showers in the south.  

"Away from much of Scotland it'll remain blustery on Sunday, although not quite as windy as Saturday.

"The weather looks likely to remain rather cold and showery into next week and there's a chance of further wet and windy weather around the middle of the week, although confidence in details are low at this stage".

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Dan Harris

You can check the latest weather warnings for Cornwall here.

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