Storm Helene: weather warning of wind extended across whole of Cumbria

Storm Helene: weather warning of wind extended across whole of Cumbria

Sheffield and south Yorkshire could be battered by high winds during Monday night and Tuesday morning as the storm moves up the country after coming across the Atlantic.

Storm Helene will bring a spell of strong winds to western parts of the United Kingdom in particular late Monday and early Tuesday.

Tuesday begins wet and windy over Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland, with a South West gale giving gusts to 60mph in exposed areas at first.

A spokesman for the Met Office said Helene could fell a few trees, which could bring disruption to transport links, but did not think it would reach the 70mph winds originally predicted.

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"Flash flood warnings are now in effect across parts of central North Carolina into far southern Virginia".

Issued this morning (Monday, September 17) at 11:23am, the warning will come into effect at 1:00pm this afternoon and will remain in place until 5:00am tomorrow morning.

If Helene moves further west more of Northern Ireland may be prone to strong winds, whereas if it moves a bit further east Northern Ireland will be out of the path.

People have been ordered to evacuate the Carolinas ahead of strong winds and heavy rain as the hurricane lands. A warning was put in place to run for 12 hours beginning at noon yesterday for Galway and Mayo - with up to 1.6in (40mm) of rain expected.

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Emma Smith, meteorologist with the Exeter-based Met Office, said more details would emerge within the next day over what impact the storm might have.

There is also a chance that rail, air and ferry services may be affected in some areas, with longer journey times and cancellations possible. "Expect sudden gusts at any time but particularly on open stretches of road, when passing bridges or gaps in hedges or when overtaking high-sided vehicles".

Heavy rain is expected again on Wednesday, but conditions are set to pick up by Thursday as the last of the storm passes.

'High gusts in the 50s or low 60s mph area also possible over high ground in northern England during the early hours of Tuesday'.

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