Weatherman Michael Fish, who famously failed to predict the 1987 storm, urged people to keep checking the forecasts as the storm path could change

Veteran weatherman Michael Fish warned people to “batten down the hatches” and keep checking the forecasts as a powerful storm heads for British shores.

The TV legend, who famously failed to predict the Great Storm of 1987, said it is too early to calculate exactly what form the impending gale would take.
He advised people to keep checking the weather forecasts and alerts regularly as “things can change very fast, like they did in 1987”.

Mr Fish, 69, who still records a weekly forecast for, said: “It is very early days, it is not yet exactly clear what’s going to happen.

There’s a favoured track at the moment which takes the storm path from South Wales across to the Humber which means everything to the south of this will be hit.

“The Met Office are predicting 80mph winds, which is not actually as strong as the infamous 1987 storm.

“But until it gets a lot nearer it is hard to tell.

“It hasn’t developed into a proper storm system yet, the computers are mapping this before it has happened and giving the South West to the Humber as its path, which would mean everything south of this could be affected by 80mph winds while to the north they will see heavy rain and possible flooding.

“Northern Ireland and Scotland will be watching and laughing, they’re quite used to weather like this anyway.”

Former Meteorological Office and BBC forecaster Mr Fish denies that he ever dismissed predictions of the 1987 storm, as was widely reported at the time.

He said: “It was the computer that did the forecast, Bill Giles who did the presentation and I took the rap.

“That storm was forecast five days in advance and it changed course at the last minute.

“This storm could do the same, because it is early very days, in which case we will escape it and France will be hit.

“My advice to people is simply batten down the hatches and for heaven’s sake keep listening or checking the forecasts because these things do change at the last minute.

“We have 36 to 48 hours before this storm reaches us and a lot can happen in that time.

“But it’s probably best not to plan any long journeys on Sunday night.”