St. Jude Storm is on its way to Britain and British Prime Minister David Cameron is urging citizens to prepare from this big hurricane-like storm about to roll over them with winds up around 80 mph. According to USA Today on Oct. 27., this is not the type of storm seen often in Britain, especially at this time of year.
This is a storm that is usually seen during the winter months, not in the fall. Right now leaves are still on the trees in Britain and the ground is saturated from all the recent rain. The 80 mph winds can easily topple over trees under these conditions.
The leaves will act like a sail and once they catch the wind, the trees, which are sitting on saturated ground, can topple right over. For this reason officials are expecting fallen trees possibly causing structural damage during the St. Jude Storm.
The storm is nick named St. Jude by weather forecasters after the patron saint of lost causes. Monday is the saint’s feast day, so the storm, that was originally thought to start Monday, is called St. Jude Storm.
The latest forecast has the storm starting Sunday night, a little before midnight and it is expected to bring winds of up to 89 mph across the coastal, southern half of the country.
This storm has the potential to cause widespread structural damage. The storm is expected to disrupt transportation services when it starts Sunday night and strengthens overnight and continues on through Monday morning.