Follow the progress of Storm Brian as it approaches Kilkenny

Posted October 22, 2017

It will track eastwards across central Britain and the centre of the storm is forecast to exit from north-eastern England into the North Sea at around 10pm on Saturday.

He added that 40 to 50 mm of rain would fall in the Pennines and Snowdonia, while the rest of the country would see 5 to 10 mm of rain, however most areas would feel the force of the strong winds rather than rain.

Severe weather warnings have been issued with flash floods, strong winds and huge waves expected to lash Wales and the South of England on Saturday.

"Storm Ophelia was listed as a red warning, with gusts of up to 150kph predicted", she pointed out.

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said waves on the coast could also pose a threat to life as Storm Brian moves in tomorrow, and warned against anyone tempted to pose for "storm selfies".

"As we go through Saturday morning and early afternoon the strong southwesterly winds affecting the south west will transfer east and slowly change direction as they will become westerly towards the end of the warning period", Suri said in a statement on the Met Office website.

The Environment Agency has issued 44 flood alerts, as well as six flood warnings urging "immediate action". The gusts could bring more power cuts after Ophelia left 50,000 people in the United Kingdom and 170,000 in Ireland without power, and could also cause flooding and large waves.

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"We urge people to stay safe along the coast and warn against putting yourself in unnecessary danger by taking "storm selfies" or driving through flood water - just 30cm is enough to move your vehicle".

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.

'Speed restrictions may be imposed in the worst affected areas for safety reasons, which may delay your journey'.

BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS when driving on exposed roads, high ground and across bridges where again sudden gusts can blow you off course.

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Storm Brian is supposed to hit areas of the United Kingdom tonight (20 October) and will pass through over the weekend.