2016–17 UK and Ireland windstorm season

2016–17 UK and Ireland windstorm season
First storm formed 18 November 2016
Strongest storm1 Storm Angus
Strongest wind gust
Total storms
Total damage
Total fatalities
1Strongest storm is determined by lowest pressure and maximum recorded non-mountainous wind gust is also included for reference.

The 2016–17 windstorm season will be the second instance of the United Kingdom's Met Office and Ireland's Met Éireann naming extratropical cyclones.


In 2015, the Met Office and Met Éireann announced a pilot project to name storm warnings as part of the Name our Storms project for wind storms and asked the public for suggestions.[1] The meteorological offices produced a full list of names for 2015–16, common to both the UK and Ireland.[2] A new list of names was released on 19 September for the 2016–17 season.[3] Names in the UK will be based on the National Severe Weather Warning Service, when a storm is assessed to have the potential for an amber 'be prepared' or red 'take action' warning.[3]

  • Angus
  • Barbara (unused)
  • Conor (unused)
  • Doris (unused)
  • Ewan (unused)
  • Fleur (unused)
  • Gabriel (unused)
  • Holly (unused)
  • Ivor (unused)
  • Jacqui (unused)
  • Kamil (unused)
  • Louise (unused)
  • Malcolm (unused)
  • Natalie (unused)
  • Oisin (unused)
  • Penelope (unused)
  • Robert (unused)
  • Susan (unused)
  • Thomas (unused)
  • Valerie (unused)
  • Wilbert (unused)


Storm Angus


Angus over the North Sea
Date of impact 19–20 November
Maximum wind gust 106 mph (171 km/h)[4]
Lowest pressure 965 hPa (28.5 inHg)[5]
Power outages 1,000[4]

Storm Angus was named on 19 November, with southern and southeast England, especially along the Channel coast expected to be the greatest affected areas as the storm moves northeast on 20 November.[6] The storm was known as "Nannette" in France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.[7]

The south-west of England was affected with over 1,000 power outages, mostly in Devon. Residents were evacuated due to flooding near South Molton, Devon. Further flooding was reported in Braunton and Bradiford, Devon and East Bar, Swanage, Dorset. The high winds affected train service in the south-east, ferry crossing at the Port of Dover and the Brighton 10k run.[4]

The National Grid launched an investigation whether a ship's anchor damaged four of the eight cables of the Cross Channel high voltage interconnector during storm Angus, which would leave it only able to operate at half of its capacity until February 2017.[8]

Season effects

This table lists all known windstorms that affected the UK and Ireland during 2016–2017. It includes their name, duration, peak recorded gust (excluding mountain stations), lowest pressure, areas affected, deaths, and damage totals from the two nations. All damage figures are in 2016 pounds sterling and euros. The season's first half was more notable for rainfall and flooding, similar to that seen during the 2013–2014 Atlantic winter storms in Europe, which brought the 2013–2014 United Kingdom winter floods.

Storm Dates active Highest wind gust Lowest pressure Casualties Damages
Angus 19 – 20 November 106 mph (171 km/h) 965 hPa (28.50 inHg) 1 Unknown
Season Aggregates
1 windstorm 19 – 20  November 106 mph (171 km/h) 965 hPa (28.50 inHg) 1 Unknown

Storms named by other European meteorological services

See also


  1. "Met Éireann Weather Warning System Explained". Met Éireann. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  2. "Nigel and Steve among new storm names". BBC News. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  3. 1 2 "UK Storm Centre". Met Office. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  4. 1 2 3 "Cargo ship hits barge in Storm Angus". BBC News. 20 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  5. Bertelman, Magdalena (20 November 2016). "Thema des Tages - Archiv - NANNETTE fegt über Teile Deutschlands hinweg". www.dwd.de (in German). DWD. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  6. "Angus the first named storm of autumn 2016". Official blog of the Met Office news team. Met Office. 19 November 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  7. Brandt, Anders (20 November 2016). "Her ramte stormen 'Angus' med vindstød af orkanstyrke". vejr.tv2.dk (in Danish). TV2. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  8. Ward, Andrew (29 November 2016). "UK grid loses half the power from link to France". www.ft.com. Financial Times. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  9. "Electricity companies race to restore power to 75,000 homes". Yle. 28 August 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016.

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