You can picture the scene, far right activists gathering their kids from school, running down the streets and informing everyone “we told you so” – ALI IS COMING TO BATTER ENGLAND!
If you read past the headlines though, it is actually a storm that is coming to batter our mainland and not an actual person called Ali. So if you do see someone carrying a placard declaring “Ali to batter England, we told you so” please offer them a brolly and some guidance.
What can we expect on Wednesday from Storm Ali (Storm Ali is the first non-Anglo-Irish name for a storm)?
While much of the South will be windy with plenty of dry weather, broken by some heavy showers, northern areas will bear the brunt of the storm.
Peak gusts will be just to the south of that across much of Northern Ireland, Scotland, northern England and North Wales.
Winds are set to reach 75 to 85mph during the day.
Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible
Some damage to buildings is possible, such as tiles blown from roofs. Falling trees or branches are possible
Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
Injuries and danger to life from flying debris
Some roads and bridges may close
— Met Office (@metoffice) September 17, 2018