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  • Writer's pictureGethin Thomas

Storm Francis

Originally published on Photoblog by Gethin Thomas AUGUST. 25, 2020

[20-365] 25th August 2020- Quite bracing this morning, as the normally tranquil creek looked more like surfer's paradise. This is what Storm Francis looks like when it just misses you?

The Met Office has issued a fresh weather warning for wind which covers a large part of England and Wales - but just misses Devon.

As Storm Francis batters the UK with strong gusts of wind and heavy rain, officials at the Exeter-based team have set up the amber alert from 2pm until 10pm today (August 25).

During this period, it is forecast by the Met Office that some exposed areas could see winds reaching speeds of 70mph and concerns over possible "danger to life" caused by flying debris and large waves in coastal areas.

The Meteorological Office, abbreviated as the Met Office is the United Kingdom's national weather service. The Met Office was established in 1854 as a small department within the Board of Trade under Vice Admiral Robert FitzRoy as a service to mariners. The loss of the passenger vessel, the Royal Charter, and 459 lives off the coast of Anglesey in a violent storm in October 1859 led to the first gale warning service. FitzRoy established a network of 15 coastal stations from which visual gale warnings could be provided for ships at sea.

Vice-Admiral Robert FitzRoy FRS was an English officer of the Royal Navy and a scientist. He achieved lasting fame as the captain of HMS Beagle during Charles Darwin's famous voyage, FitzRoy's second expedition to Tierra del Fuego and the Southern Cone.

FitzRoy was a pioneering meteorologist who made accurate daily weather predictions, which he called by a new name of his own invention: "forecasts". In 1854 he established what would later be called the Met Office, and created systems to get weather information to sailors and fishermen for their safety. He was an able surveyor and hydrographer.

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