Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Weather warning as Storm Helene blows in

Weather warning as Storm Helene blows in

Cumbria is set to be battered by strong winds and rain as Storm Helene travels across the Atlantic.

Met Éireann is forecasting that the remnants of tropical storm Helene will pass over the country on Monday night.

Forecasters also say trees could be damaged, while there may be some short term loss of power and mobile phone services.

Those in coastal areas are warned to be wary of large waves hitting the seafront.

Some parts could see highs of 26C (78.8F), which is 7C to 8C above average for the time of year, the Met Office said. It comes after yesterday's United Kingdom hotspot was Cambridge which got up to 75.7F (24.3C).

Met Office meteorologist Alan Deakin said: "Hurricane Helene may influence things in combination with an area of low pressure over the coming days".

"Please follow the metoffice & traffic scotland for more info".

A yellow rain warning is in place for Galway and Mayo - but it could be extended to more counties as the storm moves closer.

Tuesday will be a windy day with a moderate to fresh southwest wind, strong and gusty at the coasts.

The firm is also offering evens for the wind speed to reach a whopping high of 100 miles per hour in the mainland before the month is out.

Although Storm Helene is due to subside tomorrow, weather expert Alan O'Reilly claims a second storm due to arrive on Wednesday could be a "bigger concern". Yesterday, high winds forced Aberdeen City Council to cancel a "car-free city centre" event amid fears stalls and inflatables could be blown over.

In anticipation of storm disruption, the Met Office issued a yellow "be aware" weather warning covering Northern Ireland and western parts of England and Wales.

"Winds associated with the storm are now expected to be strongest at sea and along the south and southeast coasts, with winds overland expected to be moderate to fresh, easterly in direction at first, then becoming cyclonic variable as the eye of the storm passes over".

It is not yet known what direction the storm will take however forecasters are warning that there will be very strong winds of around 55 to 65mph with the potential for gusts of 70 to 80mph in exposed areas. The strongest winds then transfer northwards to be over northern England and, perhaps, the far south of Scotland, during the early hours of Tuesday.

Widespread flooding: A person walks through a flooded street after Hurricane Florence struck Piney Green, North Carolina, US, yesterday.

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