Cumbria braces for 80mph winds as Storm Eleanor heads for the UK


Strong to gale force and blustery southwest winds will develop later this afternoon over Munster and Leinster, veering westerly this evening, associated with Storm Eleanor, giving some damaging gusts and also high seas on Atlantic coasts.

According to Met Eireann, winds of mean speeds 55 to 65 km/h., gusting 90 to 110 km/h., will develop later this afternoon and evening and will continue overnight and through Wednesday, and these will affect the entire country. The status orange warning is valid from 5pm to 10pm on Tuesday, January 2.

A yellow weather warning been issued for the North East, as parts of the country are to experience wind gusts of up to 80 miles per hour overnight.

The Environment Agency warned earlier that strong winds and high tides could bring coastal flooding from Tuesday until Thursday.

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The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for Sheffield on Wednesday and warned that commuters could face travel disruption.

The forecaster said wind gusts of up to 80mph were possible in the most exposed coastal areas.

Even when the storm passes, high winds can be expected across the country well into Wednesday, with the warning running until 9pm on Wednesday.