Brace yourself - Storm Eleanor is on the way!


Storm Eleanor has battered the United Kingdom and whilst some have seen awful weather conditions, others have been more anxious about their wheelie bins.

Met Éireann is appealing to the public to remain vigilant with exceptionally high seas and an orange wind warning in place along all western coastal counties until two o'clock this afternoon.

Strong winds could gust up to 50mph.

Police have thanked emergency services personnel, Infrastructure crews and Civil Defence, who have been on hand to assess and fix the storm damage.

"If you're travelling, please check your route before setting off and don't drive through flood water".

The Met Office has forecast gusts of up to 90mph, with an upgraded amber severe weather warning of wind for Northern Ireland, northern England and south west Scotland.

GUSTS of up to 80mph could hit coastal areas as Storm Eleanor sweeps into southern Scotland.

Coastal roads and properties along Britain's western and southern coasts are vulnerable to high waves throwing beach material on to sea fronts, forecasters warned.

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The forecaster said that public transport could be affected and power cuts were also possible as "very strong winds" hit Cambridgeshire last night and continued into today.

This covers the period between midnight on Tuesday and midday Wednesday.

"As well as this, there is a small chance of disruption to power and other services".

The unsafe winds have now wreaked havoc and caused damage on the coast.

Also in Ireland, footage reportedly taken from Galway City appear to show flooding.

55,000 properties in Ireland experienced blackouts.

Yellow warnings also extended to Northern Ireland and parts of England, with the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) expressing "particular concern" about the potential for flooding to communities around the Solway Firth.

Cumbria Police said the weather will still have an effect on the morning commute, the A595 is only passable with care at Muncaster Bridge; whilst the A66 is closed to high-sided vehicles from Durham.