Storm Bella path map: Where is it now?

BRITS have been battered with gusts over 100mph as Storm Bella rips through the UK. 

The Met Office has issued more yellow warnings for snow and ice in the days following Christmas, meaning travel disruptions are likely for parts of Wales, north west England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

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When did Storm Bella hit the UK? 

Storm Bella was officially named on Christmas Eve and hit the UK on Boxing Day 2020. 

A risk to life warning was issued by the Met Office as 70mph winds battered England and Wales.

Earlier this week, Brits were forced to evacuate their homes as more than 100 flood warnings were issued across England. 

On Sunday, December 27 Storm Bella battered Britain with 106mph winds, while stranded residents were plucked from floods and homes were plunged into darkness.

High winds, heavy rain and even snow is forecast for much of the country in the days after Christmas. 

Thousands of people were forced to flee their homes on Boxing Day as the whopping storm bashed the UK's coastline with strong gales.

Meanwhile, snow and ice is expected across swathes of the UK, from Manchester to Scotland, as well as in Northern Ireland.

Overnight, gusts of more than 100mph were recorded on the west of the Isle of Wight.

It means that if Bella had been a tropical storm, it would have been classified as an 'extremely dangerous' Category 2 hurricane.

What weather warnings are in place? 

Yellow snow and ice warnings are in place across the majority of Scotland and Northern Ireland and parts of north west England. 

The Met Office warned: “An area of rain, sleet and snow will move south through Sunday night with the potential for some icy surfaces and travel disruptions.” 

The weather warnings mean some roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services. 

The Met Office also warned travellers of icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths. 

On Monday, December 28 the UK yellow weather warnings include much of the north of England, Wales, south west England and parts of south East England.

What will the next storm be named?

All the storm names for 2020/21 have already been decided.

The Met Office chooses the names but asks members of the public to make suggestions every year.

The service decided to start naming storms in alphabetical order back in 2014, in the hope that doing so would make people more aware of them and how dangerous they can be.

A total of 21 names were chosen by Met Office and Met Eireann – whittled down from a total of more than 10,000 suggestions submitted by the public.

One name was picked for each letter of the alphabet, apart from Q, U, X, Y and Z.

Every major storm will be named according to the list, ordered alphabetically.

After Storm Bella, the next storm will be named Christoph. 

Among the names on this year's list include Heulwen, Klaas and Saidhbhin.

Storm names for 2020-2021

Here is the full list of storm names for 2020 to 2021:

  • Aiden
  • Bella
  • Christoph
  • Darcy
  • Evert
  • Fleur
  • Gavin
  • Heulwen
  • Iain
  • Julia
  • Klaas
  • Lilah
  • Minne
  • Naia
  • Oscar
  • Phoebe
  • Ravi
  • Saidhbhín
  • Tobias
  • Veronica
  • Wilson

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