Wind warning for Donegal as Storm Eleanor hits Ireland

WEATHER WARNING Power cuts and mobile disruption expected as Storm Eleanor hits UK

The full force of Storm Eleanor is now forecast to hit the East Midlands earlier than expected.

The warning was issued at 5am this morning and is in place from 4pm today until 9pm on Wednesday.

Britain is braced for a wet and windy start to 2018, with two weather warnings issued for this week about wind gusts of up to 80 miles per hour (mph), or some 129 kilometres per hour (kph), as Storm Eleanor approaches.

There is also a good chance that power cuts may occur with mobile phone coverage possibly affected.

Carol Halt, the agency's flood duty manager, said: "We urge people to stay safe on the coast - take extreme care on coastal paths and promenades, and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger trying to take "storm selfies".

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The Met Office says gusts of up to 80mph could hit the coast on Wednesday, as the tail end of Storm Eleanor sweeps across.

He added: "It could remain more unsettled in the south".

Police in North Yorkshire have warned drivers to be extra careful tonight and tomorrow.

Turning drier for a time this afternoon with a few showers, but further rain and strong wind arriving later. Road conditions can quickly deteriorate during very heavy rainfall, with drains becoming swamped or blocked and standing water causing surface spray, reduced visibility and potentially leading to flooding.

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