Weather warning as hurricane approaches

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SEVERE gales are expected to hit East Lancashire on Monday as the remnants of Hurricane Katia head our way from the Atlantic.

The hurricane which has been affecting parts of the east coast of America could bring winds of up to 60mph according to local meteorologist Matthew Hugo.

Matthew, who works from his home in Loveclough for Weather Commerce, sent out an early weather warning today.

“I have issued a severe weather watch to highlight the initial threat of gales or even severe gales in the early part of next week.

“A very powerful low pressure, containing the remnants of Hurricane Katia, is forecast to affect the region on Monday.”

Matthew (30) who has a BSc with honours in environmental science is also a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society (FRMetS).

He even warned that the winds could be as powerful as January 2007 when the Burnley Express carried a dramatic front page picture of the roof being blown off an industrial premises in Burnley.

Matthew warned that the recent wet weather will make it easier for the wind to uproot trees as the ground will be less solid.

“At the moment, maximum wind speeds of up to 60mph are possible and with trees still in full leaf some felled trees as possible.”

Matthew did not hold out much hope of an “Indian Summer” this month either and pointed to the unsettled jet stream which influences our weather for the recent wet conditions.

“There is a sign the weather might settle down next weekend but unfortunately there is no indication of a prolonged warm spell this September.”