Published: Fri, October 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

United Kingdom braces for 'weather bomb' as Storm Brian moves in

United Kingdom braces for 'weather bomb' as Storm Brian moves in

Weather warnings have been issued for this weekend, sparking fears Storm Brian will batter the United Kingdom with 70mph gales and severe rainfall.

Met Eireann has issued a "Status Orange" wind warning for coastal parts of Munster as well as Wexford on Saturday - from midnight to 12 noon.

A weather warning is out for this weekend and the Environment Agency has issued a string of flood alerts.

Classified by Met Éireann as a storm earlier on Thursday (19 October), its affects are predicted to be felt all across the United Kingdom with strong winds forecast for Wales, north-west England and most of southern England on the first day of many pupils' half-term holidays.

Some transport disruption was "likely", with delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport all possible, the warning added.

Wales, north-west England and most of southern England are likely to be affected, while Northern Ireland, which took the brunt of Ophelia, could face heavy rain from Thursday onwards. At the moment, we don't expect the same level of impacts for the UK.

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Storms in the United Kingdom and Ireland are named alphabetically and Brian will follow September's Storm 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. These are expected to coincide with high tides, leading to locally unsafe conditions in coastal parts".

The latest bad weather comes just days after Storm Ophelia killed three people in Ireland and caused disruption across the UK.

A Met Office spokesman said: "A weather bomb is a term for a low pressure system whose central pressure falls 24 millibars in 24 hours".

The Met Office and Met Éireann do not rename the remnants of storms that have moved across the Atlantic, if they have already been named.

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