West coast takes brunt of Storm Gareth | Scotland

West coast takes brunt of Storm Gareth | Scotland

West coast takes brunt of Storm Gareth | Scotland

Storm Gareth is expected to hit the United Kingdom on Tuesday, bringing wind speeds up to 80mph and heavy rain.

A Status Orange wind warning was issued by the national meteorological office this morning at 11:00am for counties Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo.

The warning is in place from 12.15am tonight to 12pm tomorrow (March 12) covering Lancaster, Burrnley, Preston and reaching into the Fylde coast.

Gusts of 65mph are likely along coastal areas, while wind speeds are predicted to reach 55mph inland.

A yellow "be prepared" warning for wind for the whole of Wales is in force from 21:00 GMT Tuesday until 15:00 Wednesday.

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The Met Office has issued a list of scenarios that the public should be aware of before Storm Gareth strikes the North of Ireland in the coming days.

Heavy rain with squally winds at first this morning, but the rain will gradually clear away to the east.

Gusts of up to 75mph battered parts of Scotland on Tuesday night, while winds of over 60mph struck the west of the United Kingdom in the early hours of Wednesday.

Strong northwesterly winds from last night are expected to continue this morning. Becoming increasingly windy through the day with westerly winds increasing strong to near gale and gusty by mid-afternoon, with gales developing near the coast in the evening. Minimum temperatures of 5 to 7 degrees Celsius.

Later in the week, a windy and rainy Thursday is expected to give way to a drier and brighter Friday afternoon, followed by a cloudy Saturday with occasional rain.

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