Warning to road users as Eleanor picks up pace

03 January, 2018, 02:01 | Author: Angelina Schmidt
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The weather alert has been issued by Met Eireann with high winds expected across most counties including Kilkenny.

"There is a small chance of injuries and danger to life, as well as minor property damage, from flying debris".

The full force of Storm Eleanor is now forecast to hit the East Midlands earlier than expected.

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Exposed areas are set to suffer the worst conditions as Eleanor hits Northern Ireland before crossing to the western coast of northern England and Scotland.

Britain is braced for a wet and windy start to 2018, with two weather warnings issued for this week about wind gusts of up to 80 miles per hour (mph), or some 129 kilometres per hour (kph), as Storm Eleanor approaches.

In the Republic of Ireland, Met Éireann has issued two Status Orange warnings and road users are being urged to travel with care as Storm Eleanor sweeps across the country, with strong winds and flooding in some areas.

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"The wind will pick up again later on Tuesday and Wednesday as developing Storm Eleanor heads towards the United Kingdom and Ireland".

Their chief forecaster said: "Severe gales will affect western and southern coasts this evening and overnight, with a very squally feature bringing a short spell of intense rainfall and very strong gusts to some inland localities".

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