The weather body has issued an amber alert for wind in Northern Ireland and a yellow warning across Scotland and parts of England warning against the horrifying storm.
The amber alert reads: “Storm Hector will bring very windy weather to Northern Ireland on Thursday morning, with gusts of 60 to 70 mph possible for a time.
“Injuries and danger to life are likely from large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties.
“There is a good chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.”
Meteorologist Aidan McGivern added Hector will encroach on UK territory early on Thursday with Northern Ireland being hit the hardest.
He said: “Wednesday night saw Storm Hector move into western parts of the UK and by the start of Thursday it is strengthening.
“So as we begin Thursday the winds across parts of Northern Ireland will be the strongest that will impact first between 4am and 7am.
“A Met Office amber warning is in force with 50, 60 and 70 miles per hour gusts expected.
“That swathe of strong winds will continue for three hours or so, pushing its way northeastwards across Scotland and parts of northern England as well and these winds, whilst not unheard of in the middle of June are fairly unusual and certainly not something we have seen a great deal of recently.”
Mr McGivern insisted disruption could cause travel mayhem during the Thursday morning rush hour and starkly warned the south of England will not escape more forceful gusts.
He continued: “Disruption is likely during the early morning rush hour across Northern Ireland and then during the rest of Thursday morning and into the afternoon across Scotland and northern England with 50 to 60 locally 70 miles per hour gusts in places.
“The kinds of disruption we are talking about are traffic disruption and also disruption to outdoor activities.
“Storm Hector will mainly bring windy weather to the northern half of the country but it is a blustery day to come for the south and showers will follow the main areas of rainfall overnight.”
Storm Hector will halt its chaos during the course of Thursday evening.
Friday will be a more pleasant day with lighter winds, however temperatures will struggle to make it into the twenties in most areas of the nation.
The Met Office meteorologist went on: “The heaviest of the downpours will be in the north and they will sweep across northern and western Britain during Thursday night, but eventually the weather does settle down by the end of Thursday night into the start of Friday, clear skies will break out and the winds will calm down somewhat.
“Friday is a quieter day with plenty of sunshine around, there will still be some showers and blustery winds across Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of England as well as Wales but on the whole, it will be a cooler day to come on Friday following Storm Hector.”
Despite the dismal outlook on Thursday, bookmaker Coral has slashed its odds on this year bringing the hottest day ever recorded.
The company’s Harry Aitkenhead noted: “We’ve had a mixed year so far weather wise, with some periods of torrential rain interspersed with some scorching temperatures already.
“This higher pressure is set to cause a blistering summer and right now we can’t rule out the hottest ever UK temperature being recorded in 2018.”
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