Storm Brian: WORSE than Ophelia - NI bracing itself for 'WEATHER BOMB'

Storm Brian: WORSE than Ophelia - NI bracing itself for 'WEATHER BOMB'

Storm Brian: WORSE than Ophelia - NI bracing itself for 'WEATHER BOMB'

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.

South to south-easterly winds on Friday night are set to veer north-westerly on Saturday and are expected to reach yellow warning criteria at that stage.

Met Eireann has issued a heavy rain warning for tomorrow, with a risk of local flooding.

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 is likely across the warning area, with delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport.

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Ophelia's winds peaked at 100mph in Ireland and the storm's tail end whipped large swathes of south west England.

Some transport disruption is likely, and short term loss of power and other services is also possible.

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

"At the moment, we don't expect the same level of impacts for the United Kingdom", he said.

A storm - the tail end of a Hurricane Ophelia which travelled across the Atlantic Ocean from the Azores - caused significant damage to the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and north Wales last week.

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Spokesman Grahame Madge said: "Dramatic waves could pose a threat to life and there will be quite hazardous conditions along the seafront".

The Met Office added that an explosive cyclogenesis, or weather bomb, was forecast to take place which is caused when pressure drops by 24 millibars in 24 hours.

Storm Brian will be the second named storm of the season, following Aileen which affected parts of the United Kingdom from 12-13 September.

Gusts of up to 50mph are expected to bring big waves off our coast too and we're told it could be particularly unsafe around high tide.

"At the moment, Storm Brian is nothing to worry about here in Ireland".

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

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