UK weather: Storm Barney hits the UK
Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 17:30 GMT -
The storm, only the second to be named by the Met Office following Storm Abigail last week, sees west to southwesterly gales and locally severe gales sweep eastwards across parts of Wales, southern, central and eastern England on Tuesday evening.
Rain associated with Barney is tracking through the country with winds strengthening later.
"Widespread inland lowland gusts of 50-60 mph are likely, with isolated 70 mph. Over exposed hills, coasts and headlands, such as on coasts of west Wales, winds may gusts over 80 mph," the Met Office said.
"The public should be aware of the risk of disruption to travel and that gusts of this strength could bring down trees and lead to some damage to weakened structures," it added.
The Met Office has two yellow wind warnings out with stronger winds expected on the southern flank of the low.
The winds should ease across western parts later on Tuesday evening and across eastern parts shortly after midnight.
The Met Office also has a wind warning out for an Atlantic depression that what will move east across Northern Scotland on Wednesday, bringing a swathe of strong winds on its southern flank affecting southern and central Scotland as well as parts of Northern Ireland and northern England.
More heavy rain is expected to fall over the next few days especially over the north and west of the country.
It brings the potential for further river and surface water flooding, especially as the ground is already saturated from the rain over the last few days following Storm Abigail and the remnants of Hurricane Kate.
Already a number of flood warnings and alerts are in force for England and Wales and more are likely to issued by the Environment Agency in the coming days.The Scottish equivalent, SEPA, also has a number of alerts out.
The Met Office has issued rain warnings for southwest Scotland for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Around 10-15mm is likely to fall within a 6 hour period, with 20 mm possible over southern parts of the warning area on both days. "While these totals are not particularly large, some short-lived intense bursts coming during a busy travel period could well lead to some problems," it said.
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