'Danger to life' as extreme weather warning issued for Leeds

'Danger to life' as extreme weather warning issued for Leeds

'Danger to life' as extreme weather warning issued for Leeds

On Monday morning, a Status Yellow wind alert was issued to Munster, Dublin, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Galway and Mayo - but this has now been revised with even stronger gales expected.

It said to expect "very strong and disruptive winds", with gusts of up to 70mph (112km/hr) in some places around the country.

With Storm Diane initially expected to skirt past the region up the west coast, an updated post on Wednesday night placed a Yellow Warning across the majority of Yorkshire.

Severe rainfall will affect other parts of the United Kingdom, with the storm expected to bring between 60mm and 80mm of rain.

Western parts of Britain, including Northern Ireland, south-west England, Scotland and Wales, are expected to bear the brunt of Diana's force on Wednesday. That moves over England during Thursday morning rush hour.

The Met Office warning reads: "A weather system will move northeastwards across the United Kingdom on Thursday bringing widespread strong winds".

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By tonight, the next band of rain appears in the southwest and this is linked to Storm Diana. With that, there will be some heavy bursts of rain.

Heavy rain and strong gusting winds are due to hit Sussex this week as Storm Diana sweeps in from the Atlantic.

The weather service also warns there is a high likelihood bridges and exposed road could close in the far northeast of the UK.

A new cyclonic low, which will span 2,000 miles from the north of France to southern Greenland could be strong enough to warrant another name - Deirdre - before the weekend.

The worst of Storm Diana is expected to have passed through by Wednesday evening, although heavy showers and winds are likely to persist into Thursday.

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