Met Eireann Issues Weather Warnings Ahead Of Storm Brian

Hurricane Ophelia 2017 path to hit Ireland and UK

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for strong winds and potential flooding in parts of southern and western England and Wales on Saturday.

Heavy rain and gusts of 50mph are expected widely across southern England and the west of Wales on Saturday, and winds could reach 70mph in exposed areas.

"Those wind speeds can cause impacts to transport and power supplies, and the potential for unsafe waves also brings risks to coastal routes and communities, as well as the potential for flooding of homes".

Met Eireann say there is a high risk of flooding over the weekend especially in costal regions with high tides expected.

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Dave Reynolds, a forecaster for The Weather Company, said: "This storm is going to be large enough to affect the whole of the UK".

Some transport disruption was "likely", with delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport all possible, the warning added. It was compared to the storm of 1987 where winds hit 134 miles per hour.

Brian is the second named storm of the season after Aileen.

The Met Office warns of "dangerous" conditions: "Gusts exceeding 50 miles per hour are expected widely within the warning area, with gusts of around 70 miles per hour along exposed coastal areas".

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"The first and most significant land-based impacts will be in the south-west of Ireland, hence the amber warning from Met √Čireann".

Hurricane Ophelia has come and gone and Storm Brian could be heading our way this weekend - but before that hits we'll have to deal with yet more extreme weather.

The Met Office said the definition of a weather bomb was low pressure that deepens rapidly to 24milibars (2400 hectopascals) in 24 hours. "These are expected to coincide with high tides, leading to locally unsafe conditions in coastal parts".

Some 360,000 people were left without power during the storm.

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