How long will Storm Franklin last in Birmingham?

A yellow weather warning for wind is in place across the West Midlands

A yellow weather warning is in place in Birmingham today (21 February) with Storm Franklin bringing high winds and rain across the city.

The latest storm follows Friday’s Storm Eunice and Thursday’s Storm Dudley. There have been reports that Storm Gladys could hit the UK in days - but these are not yet confirmed.

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Within the yellow weather warning area, wind gusts will reach up to 50 miles per hour (mph) in the West Midlands.

How long will Storm Franklin last in Birmingham?

According to the Met Office, the wind will hit 48 mph between 10am and 11am today with a slight dip at around midday.

The wind is expected to stay in the forties and thirties throughout today but will begin to ease as we head into the evening, with wind speeds falling to 20 mph and dying down completely overnight.

What does a yellow wind warning mean?

What to expect

  • Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, could happen, along with trees/branches being brought down
  • Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible
  • Some roads and bridges may close
  • Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • Injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties

Flood alerts and warnings

Three flood alerts are currently in place near the region, including at Bourne Brook (Tamworth), the Flood alert for River Arrow and River Alne and the River Blythe in Warwickshire.

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