Thursday, 19 April, 2018

Storm Eleanor - coastal flood warning issued for Cumbria

WEATHER WARNING Power cuts and mobile disruption expected as Storm Eleanor hits UK Weather You are advised to plan ahead- especially if travelling
Diane Mills | 03 January, 2018, 02:01

The first storm of 2018 is due to make landfall this afternoon with Eleanor bringing winds of up to 130km/h.

The warning is valid from 4pm today (Tuesday) until 10pm tonight.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning covering Wales, England, most of Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland overnight to Wednesday.

Later this afternoon they will also be looking to issue Flood Warnings for areas along the coast where we forecast potential flooding of properties.

Power cuts and disruption to other services (mobile phones for example) may also occur, while injuries from flying debris are possible.

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Met Éireann predicted counties such as Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, South Galway, Clare, Limerick and Tipperary would be especially affected by the storm, which has been named Eleanor.

The fifth named storm of the season is bringing a "very windy" spell to the United Kingdom through this evening, the night and into Wednesday morning, according to forecasters.

Vince Crane, of the AA, advised drivers to take extra care in the worsening conditions.

Environment Agency manager, Jeremy Westgarth, said: "We are preparing for the heavy band of rain and strong winds combined with high tides along the Cumbria and Lancashire coast until Thursday". Leading to a very windy start to the day tomorrow.

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