For the third time in 30 days, a powerful storm with hurricane-force wind gusts has raked the British Isles. The storm, which caused damage throughout the United Kingdom, is being blamed for at least two deaths.
In England, an apparent tornado touched down in Hainault on the northwest side of London. According to London 24 “trees were uprooted and roofs damaged”. And witnesses described the storm as “ferocious” and “horrendous”.
What’s behind the onslaught of big storms in the UK? The Met Office weighs in with this explanation:
Over the past few weeks the jet stream has occasionally been particularly strong and some of the low pressure systems have interacted with that as they have tracked over the Atlantic, boosting their strength. This has led some of the lows to develop into powerful storms which have brought very strong winds to the UK.
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