Get ready for Storm Debi: Yellow weather warning issued for Ireland
Now get ready for Storm Debi: Yellow weather warning is issued for Ireland with fourth named storm of the season heading towards the UK as Met Office predicts up to two inches of rain and 75mph winds
Weather warnings have been issued for Ireland as Storm Debi is forecast to bring heavy rain and gale force winds.
It marks the UK’s fourth named storm of the season and comes after parts of the country were devastated by floods during intense spells of rain for the preceding storms Babet and Ciaran.
The storm will reach northern England and parts of Wales on Monday morning after sweeping across Ireland, the Met Office said, with the potential for 80mph gusts in some areas.
A yellow warning for wind and rain will be in place from 4am until 6pm for areas including Bangor and St Davids in Wales and Manchester, Sheffield, and Liverpool in England, bringing a potential danger to life from flying debris.
Aberdeenshire in Scotland will have a yellow warning for rain later in the day, from 10am until 9pm.
Weather warnings have been issued for Ireland as Storm Debi is forecast to bring heavy rain and gale force winds
It marks the UK’s fourth named storm of the season and comes after parts of the country were devastated by floods during intense spells of rain for the preceding storms Babet and Ciaran
The storm will reach northern England and parts of Wales on Monday morning after sweeping across Ireland, the Met Office said
Jason Kelly, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: ‘The strongest winds are expected to affect parts of the Republic of Ireland early on Monday, possibly coinciding with the morning commute, before then affecting parts of north Wales and northern England into the afternoon.
‘Whilst the very strongest winds will have eased somewhat before reaching the UK, we are still expecting some significant impacts and a wind warning has been issued.
‘Additionally, Debi will bring a period of heavy rain to Northern Ireland for which a combined wind and rain warning has been issued.’
Simon Partridge, a spokesman for the Met Office, added: ‘For parts of north-west Wales and England, there is a possibility of 70 to 80mph winds.
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‘It will be a wet and blustery day for all.’
While the Irish meteorological agency has issued a status yellow wind and rain warning for the entire country on Monday, a stronger warning also applies to the majority of the population due to the risk of ‘severe and damaging gusts’ from Sunday night.
Wind gusts inland could reach 65mph leading to ‘injuries and danger to life’, the Met Office has warned. Some places could also get up to 40mm of rainfall.
Met Eireann is advising it will be ‘very windy or stormy’ due to Storm Debi across the entire country, accompanied by heavy rain with a chance of thunderstorms and hail.
It warned there is a possibility of localised flooding, hazardous driving conditions and fallen trees.
The yellow warning for the entire country comes into effect from midnight and expires at 3pm on Monday.
The more severe status orange wind warning applies to 16 counties for a more concentrated period of damaging gusts between 2am and midday on Monday.
The forecasters warn of damage to exposed and vulnerable structures, dangerous travelling conditions, damage to power lines and a disruption to services.
That warning applies to counties Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wicklow, Clare, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, and Galway
A yellow warning for wind and rain will be in place from 4am until 6pm for areas including Bangor and St Davids in Wales and Manchester, Sheffield, and Liverpool in England
A yellow wind and rain warning is valid for Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Tyrone & Derry in Ireland
The UK Met Office issued a yellow wind and rain warning for all of Northern Ireland on Monday.
It said heavy rain and strong winds due to Storm Debi may bring disruption and flooding to parts of the region.
It advised people to be aware that homes and businesses could be flooded and there could be disruption to bus, rail, and air travel.
The agency also warned possible fast-flowing or deep floodwater as well as possible flying debris could cause a danger to life
Power cuts are also possible.
The warning comes into effect at 3am on Monday and applies until 2pm.
The Met Office said in a statement: ‘Storm Debi is expected to develop and move across Ireland and northern England on Monday.
‘Whilst there is still some uncertainty in the exact track and depth of this low, there is a chance of very strong westerly winds developing along Irish Sea coasts of Wales and northwest England on Monday morning before extending inland during day, slowly easing later.
Storms and torrential rain last weekcaused impassable floods and left hundreds of households without power. Pictured: Flooding on the A370 in Backwell
Wet driving conditions for drivers on the M25 near Swanley in Kent on Wednesday
‘There is a chance of 60-65 mph gusts developing inland and 70-80 mph around coasts, and over some higher ground, such as the Pennines.’
The Met forecast added: ‘Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible. Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, could happen. Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible.
‘Some roads and bridges may close. Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage. Injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.’
It comes as chilly weather has hit the UK in recent weeks, as temperatures have fallen below 0C in some parts of the country.
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