Published: Fri, October 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Weekend 'weather bomb' officially 'Storm Brian' as Met Eireann upgrades warnings

Weekend 'weather bomb' officially 'Storm Brian' as Met Eireann upgrades warnings

Weather warnings have been issued for this weekend, sparking fears Storm Brian will batter the United Kingdom with 70mph gales and severe rainfall.

Met Éireann's national weather advisory for the wind and rain remains at yellow level, warning of gusts of over 110km/h from Friday onwards.

Officials at the Irish Met Office- Met Eireann - have christened the second storm of the season after latest forecast models indicated it was likely to cause major disruption across a large swathe of southern Ireland and Britain.

A yellow weather warning for rain has been issued across the region, valid from 3pm to midnight. It has warned of some transport disruption and short term loss of power and other services is also possible.

The storm is forming over the Atlantic on Thursday and will arrive on the west coast of Ireland on Friday night as the nation recovers from the affects of Hurricane Ophelia.

The ex-hurricane Ophelia killed three people with winds reaching up to 100mph in Ireland.

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The Met Office warns of "dangerous" conditions: "Gusts exceeding 50 miles per hour are expected widely within the warning area, with gusts of around 70 miles per hour along exposed coastal areas".

Storms are named alphabetically in the United Kingdom and Ireland and Storm Brian will follow September's Storm Aileen.

RAC spokesman Pete Williams said: "With the chance that high winds could coincide with the high tide - those driving on coastal roads should expect strong winds forcing spray and even waves on to the road - again proceed with caution and ensure that you have a clear view of the road ahead".

Brian will move across Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland into Saturday.

In order for it to be categorised as a weather bomb the central pressure of the low pressure system must fall 24 millibars inside a 24 hour period.

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