Storm Ellen and high pollen levels trigger health warning to asthma sufferers

As Storm Ellen makes its way across the UK during pollen season, asthma sufferers have been warned to stay indoors as much as possible.

Millions of sufferers could face deadly asthma attacks due to Storm Ellen and high pollen levels this time of year.

According to experts the combination of both could raise the risk of an asthma attack.

Pollen count is high in parts of the UK, especially in East of England, Wales and the East Midlands.

Forecasters predict London and the East will see a surge in pollen today, and levels will rise in the South West on Sunday, reports The Sun.

Millions of Brits suffer from hayfever and around half of these are at risk of deadly asthma attacks.

Weed pollen season is currently upon the UK, and this coupled with a change in weather could be dangerous.

Yesterday, the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for wind across England, Wales, and even southern parts of Scotland as Storm Ellen whipped up waves and tore up trees and powerlines.

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The Met Office warned that coastal areas could be hit by winds of 70mph during Storm Ellen, and areas inland could reach 50mph, or 60mph near hills.

Meteorologist Emma Salter said it was “unusual” to have such a vicious storm in August and said this was why a weather warning was issued.

For instance, people are more likely to be camping and trees topple over more easily in the summer months.

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She said: “If we had this set-up say in January or February we probably wouldn’t be issuing a warning, because 40, 50, 60 mphs on the coast isn’t going to do much damage.”

But she warned: “This time of year, when the trees are in full leaf they can be uprooted a lot more easily.”

Ms Salter continued: “Corona aside, there’s a lot of holidaymakers out, people in tents, it’s the weekend, there’s going to be a lot of traffic on the road, a lot of people camping… that’s why we’ve got the warning out.”

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