- First named storm since January has brought on ‘risk to life’ warnings in N Ireland
- Weather warnings also in place for large parts of Scotland and north of England
- But southern England, the Midlands and Wales haven’t seen much bad weather
Social media exploded today as Storm Hector uprooted trees, devastated back gardens and created travel chaos across parts of the UK.
But while ‘risk to life’ warnings are in place in Northern Ireland, southern parts of England and Wales haven’t felt the wrath of the storm – taking to Twitter to mock extreme weather advice.
Pictures of upturned garden chairs, trampolines and children’s toys have appeared on social media with fittingly sarcastic captions.
While ‘risk to life’ warnings are in place for Storm Hector in Northern Ireland, southern parts of England and Wales haven’t felt the wrath of the storm – taking to Twitter to mock the weather
A British mother posted a picture of her children’s Wendy house with the roof blown off, commenting: ‘Roofs off the house #StormHector’
One person used the ‘bad’ weather to criticise the Government, sharing a picture of their garden with upside down football goals and garden tables
One Twitter user uploaded an image of their garden chairs upside down with the comment ‘Chairs down!’, while another posted a picture of a trampoline blown over a garden fence saying: ‘Storm Hector claims its first victim’.
A mother posted a picture of her children’s Wendy house with the roof blown off, commenting: ‘Roofs off the house #StormHector’.
Mark Beresford from Cheshire uploaded an image of his garden with the table cover half off his garden furniture and wrote: ‘#StormHector has caused devastation in Cheshire’.
One person used the ‘bad’ weather to criticise the Government, sharing a picture of their garden with upside down outdoor tables and the caption: ‘Storm Hector has destroyed my garden. Where is the aid @theresa_may? Spending it all on your fat cat mates #stormhector’.
Today’s storm also triggered an explosion of memes making fun of the underwhelming effects in some parts of the country.
Mark Beresford from Cheshire uploaded an image of his garden with the table cover half off
Pictures of upturned garden chairs, trampolines and children’s toys have appeared on social media with fittingly sarcastic captions
Affected areas: Police officers in Glasgow deal with a fallen tree on the road this morning as Storm Hector sweeps across Scotland
A tree has fallen onto the tracks at Kirkwood railway station in Scotland this morning, blocking the train line east of Glasgow
This picture of a trampoline blown up in the air was posted by Stevie Doogan in Scotland
This trampoline was another ‘victim’ of Storm Hector after it was blown upside down
Images of animals with windswept fur and celebrities sporting messed up hairdios are dominating social media channels.
Storm Hector has brought devastation to Northern Ireland, parts of Scotland and northern England, with severe Met Office warnings in place for the region and winds of up to 70mph.
Fallen trees have blocked a section of Scotland’s busiest motorway the M8 at Erskine Bridge, while the A9 Dornoch Bridge was shut to high sided vehicles and pedestrians were stopped from using the Forth Road Bridge.
Train lines in Scotland and parts of north west England are suffering speed restrictions, delays and cancellations after trees and debris blocked the tracks.
People in northern areas are being warned not to go outside and prepare for power cuts.
But further south in England and Wales the rain is due to clear early on and be followed by sunny intervals.
It is likely to be sunny for the Duchess of Sussex’s first engagement with the Queen in Chester today, with temperatures of 64F (18C) – although winds could still reach 25mph, with gusts of 35 mph.
Storm Hector has brought down trees and is causing travel disruption today as parts of Britain face 70mph winds
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