Storm Franklin: Terrifying squall line makes its way south in alarming weather map

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Storm Franklin was officially named by the Met Office on Sunday morning (February 20), after a low-pressure system was spotted in the North Atlantic. It’s the third weather system to be named within a week, with the public urged to watch out for damage to buildings.

An extended yellow warning for wind was issued by the Met Office, covering almost all of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Wind speeds are expected to reach up to 75mph in coastal areas, and about 60mph further inland.

The centre of the storm was forecasted to cross Scotland on Monday morning, and head into the North Sea.

However, the outer effects of the storm are already being felt across the UK, and new weather radars have sent alarm bills ringing.

A strong band of wind and rain can be seen heading southeast through England and Wales.

A well-defined squall line showed intense showers passing through Manchester, York, and Chester.

The band of rain was accompanied by very strong winds, isolated lightning bursts, and even tornado warnings.

As the afternoon progresses into the evening, the squall line is forecasted to creep closer to London and Cardiff.

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Amateur weather forecaster and Twitter user Official Weather UK posted a radar image of the UK on social media.

It showed a clear squall line of rain spread out across the width of England.

“Quite a neat radar image this,” he tweeted. “Broad area of heavy rain now crossing England & Wales moving southeastwards with a well-defined squall line embedded within.

“Heavy, frequent and wintry showers packing in behind over Scotland & N Ireland.”

Meanwhile, Twitter user Anthony’s World of Weather posted a separate radar image of the squall line.

It showed the entire country covered with bursts of rain, but a significant squall line stretching from Wales up to Manchester.

He said: “Not live radar… 15 mins ago as the now intense squall line went through Manchester. Very impressive it was.

“It’s moving southeast, take care uk when it gets to you.

“Torrential rain, enhanced wind gusts, risk of isolated tornado, isolated lightning.”

The arrival of Storm Franklin came just days after the devastation caused by Storm Eunice.

Eunice struck the UK on Friday (February 18), sparking numerous power cuts in England.

The public have been advised to check with their local authorities for ongoing safety advice about travel.

The Met Office even warned that some people should reconsider travelling at all on Sunday evening.

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