Watch the powerful weather bomb slam into United Kingdom and Ireland

Storm Brian UK to be hit by weather bomb on Friday

The Met Office's Irish partner issued an Orange warning for wind for some parts of Ireland.

Despite Storm Aileen hitting the United Kingdom last month, and Ophelia earlier this week, Brian is the second, rather than third named storm of the year, as Ophelia was named as a hurricane.

Strong winds along the south coast cause huge waves to crash against Newhaven harbour's sea wall as Storm Brian arrives in UKHow should you prepare for Storm Brian?

Dave Reynolds, forecaster for The Weather Company, said: "We expect winds of 80mph perhaps stronger in coastal regions and although these might not be as strong as Ophelia it is important to note that many trees may have been weakened earlier in the week".

As Storm Brian continues its approach to Ireland, Kilkenny is braced for strong winds and rain over the next couple of days. Some coastal routes and communities are likely to be affected by large waves, with potential for flooding of properties.

Some transport disruption was "likely", with delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport all possible, the warning added.

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Met Eireann say the storm which comes less than a week after storm Ophelia battered the country, will not be as powerful but it will cause some damage in most parts.

But strong winds and heavy rain will also his Wales, the North West of England and the south coast. "These are expected to coincide with high tides, leading to locally risky conditions in coastal parts".

A Met Office meteorologist, Craig Snell, said people should beware of venturing outdoors onto coastal walkways over the weekend.

The Met Office and Met √Čireann do not rename the remnants of storms that have moved across the Atlantic, if they have already been named.

Sandbags being placed in Fowey, Cornwall (Picture: Environment Agency/PA Wire) Weather contingencies include the introduction of temporary speed restrictions due to high winds, which can blow trees and other debris onto railway lines and overhead power lines.

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