Friday, 19 October, 2018

Storm Helene Is Going To Drench Some Of Us

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Gerardo Duncan | 18 September, 2018, 10:07

It's part of the remnants of Storm Helene, which will move north-eastwards across Wales and England through Monday and Tuesday.

In anticipation of storm disruption, the has issued a yellow "be aware" warning covering Northern Ireland and western parts of England and Wales.

Met √Čireann is warning the nation to brace itself ahead of the arrival of Storm Helene which is due to cross over Ireland tonight.

Met Office bosses have even warned of heavy waves in coastal areas, with the potential for injuries as the sea pulls up items from beaches.

A yellow warning for wind had been issued for the whole of the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway between 9pm tonight and 6pm tomorrow - but this has since been lifted.

"A very active period of weather is now expected to follow over the coming days with an assembly line of low pressure systems swinging close to our shores, bringing strong winds and heavy rain at times".

A severe weather alert warning of a "spell of very windy weather" will come into effect at 6am on Wednesday and will be lifted at 10pm that evening.

Storm Ali damage
A tree fell on to a car in Belfast as Storm Ali swept

"The strongest of the winds are likely to occur across the south and east coasts, where wind speeds could gust to in excess of 120kph".

The public are warned that road, rail, air, and ferry services are likely to be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations a possibility.

Up to 40mm of rain can be expected in some areas, with a risk of local flooding.

"For Wednesday, in particular, we are expecting low pressure to move north west of the United Kingdom, it will be quite wet and quite windy", he said.

The winds will only gradually ease throughout the evening as the rain pulls away, but it will remain blustery throughout Wednesday as new weather systems approach.

Unsettled weather looks set to continue on Tuesday, with more heavy rain and strong winds as Helene passes over the UK.

It also said there could be some short-term loss of power in some areas.

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