Southern Britain is under the rage of a major Atlantic Storm and forecasters are saying this could be the worst in years. Search attempts to find a missing teenager boy, who was swept out to the sea by the hurricane like winds, ended in vain.
The teenager, who is still unidentified, disappeared from Newhaven, East Sussex, on the southern coast, as reported by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Strong winds have been blowing since late Sunday and there has been heavy rainfall. It is expected that the conditions could worsen.
According to Martin Young, the chief forecaster at the Met Office, UK national weather service, such a weather is typical of winters, but its arrival during autumn, when the trees still have leaves and the ground is fairly saturated, poses some serious risks.
There is a heavy chance of trees being uprooted by the winds and surface water flooding from the rainfall.
Winds up to 80 to 90 mph are expected in southern parts of England and Wales and many other places. However, even though it is a major storm in the UK since past many years, forecasters are predicting that it will not be as strong as the ‘Great Storm’ of 1987 or the ‘Burns Day Storm’ of 1990.
The 1987 storm had cause 18 casualties in Britain and 4 in France. The Burns Day storm was even worse, killing over 100 people and leaving a trail of destruction from Isles of Scilly to Denmark. Travel conditions are severely complicated in southern Britain and people are advised to take precautions and consider staying off the roads.