Status yellow warning for Cavan as Brian approaches

Frederick Owens
October 21, 2017

The national forecaster has said an orange wind and rainfall weather warning is place for western regions whilst the rest of the country has been issued a yellow status wind and rainfall warning.

Storm Brian, the second named storm of the season, could also cause flooding.

Communities across the British Isles are battening down the hatches in anticipation of Storm Brian, just days after three people died in hurricane-force winds and hundreds of thousands were left without power by Storm Ophelia.

The Met Office said the southern and western coast of England will remain under a yellow weather warning for wind until midnight on Saturday, when the worst of the storm is expected to have lost potency and moved into the far north-easterly reaches of Scotland.

It's the last thing we want to hear after the widespread devastation caused by Ophelia, but an advance alert has been put out for a major wind and rain event on Friday night, and it's been called Storm Brian.

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The chief forecaster added: "Gusts exceeding 50mph are expected widely within the warning area, with gusts of around 70mph along exposed coastal areas".

They can expect gusts of between 110kph and 130kph during a 12-hour period from 6am on Saturday until 6pm that evening. The Met Office, in collaboration with Ireland's Met √Čireann, began naming storms in 2015-16 to raise awareness and prevent confusion between different storms.

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.

Network Rail has recommended homeowners to tie down their garden furniture before the storm in order to minimise travel delays. "These are expected to coincide with high tides, leading to locally risky conditions in coastal parts". "That's why we name these storms and that's why we issue weather warnings".

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