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UK weather: Storm Brendan brings rain and 80mph gusts

Storm Brendan has hit the UK, bringing rain and gusts of more than 80mph to parts of the country.

Waves crash against the promenade at Blackpool
Waves crash against the promenade at Blackpool

The Met Office has issued a 14-hour yellow warning for wind, covering the UK’s west coast, Northern Ireland, parts of Wales and north-east Scotland.

It warned of delays to travel as well as possible power cuts and large waves.

All schools in the Western Isles have been closed and bus services on the islands have been cancelled. Scottish ferry services are also disrupted.

Trains in and out of Preston were delayed earlier after the station roof was damaged, and flights between Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are suspended.

Meanwhile, a school has been closed due to a power failure after a tree fell on power lines and also hit a car at Bontnewydd, Gwynedd.

Storm Brendan, which has been brewing in the Atlantic over the last 24 hours, has already hit the west of Ireland and is forecast to move east across the UK throughout Monday.

The weather will turn “much more turbulent” later, said BBC Weather’s Simon King.

“It will cause some disruption today to some travel, particularly for Scotland, northern and western areas with gales developing,” he said.

The rain is set to reach eastern and central areas of the UK on Monday afternoon.

Strong winds are expected “widely across the UK” with gusts of between 65 and 70mph around the Irish Sea coasts.

And there could be storm force gusts of up to 90mph around the west of Scotland, forecasters say.

By 13:00, a gust of 81.7mph had been recorded on South Uist.

By lunchtime on Monday, the effects of the storm could be seen in Downpatrick, County Down
By lunchtime on Monday, the effects of the storm could be seen in Downpatrick, County Down
Meanwhile, further down the coast at Warrenpoint, waves send spray into the traffic
Meanwhile, further down the coast at Warrenpoint, waves send spray into the traffic

There are a number of power cuts across NI due to severe weather conditions, according to Northern Ireland Electricity Networks.

The Met Office has one yellow weather warning for wind – meaning travel disruption is likely – in place on Monday, lasting from 10:00 GMT until midnight.

It covers Northern Ireland, Wales, the South West and the west coasts of England and Scotland, as well as north-east Scotland.

It said people should expect:

  • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport, particularly for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges
  • Some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer
  • Coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities affected by spray and/or large waves
  • Some short-term loss of power and other services

More wind on Tuesday

Three more yellow weather warnings are in place for Tuesday – including one for wind across England and Wales from 12:00 GMT until midnight and another for snow and ice in northern Scotland.

The third warning, for heavy rain, covers south-east England from 13:00 on Tuesday until 9:00 on Wednesday.

Already on Monday morning, a gust of more than 80mph was recorded in County Cork in the Irish Republic.

On Monday morning rush hour, trains running through Preston station were suspended after the roof was damaged and safety concerns were raised.

Services are now returning to normal, Northern Rail said.

Meanwhile, Skybus – which operates flights between the Isles of Scilly and Cornwall – have put flights on hold, while some have been cancelled.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued three flood warnings and 16 flood alerts around the country.

“Combined with naturally high tides next week, the sustained winds will create an unusual and dangerous combination of tide, storm surge and inshore waves,” said Sepa.

“There is therefore a risk of coastal flooding to all Scotland’s coastal areas. The highest risk is around high tides from midday Monday through to Tuesday afternoon.”

Caledonian MacBrayne has cancelled all ferries on 24 of its 28 routes for the rest of the day, while Northlink Ferries has also warned of disruption.

Storm Brendan’s name was picked by the Irish meteorological service Met Éireann.

In December, Storm Atiyah swept into the UK, leading to power cuts and travel disruption in Wales and the South West.

This year’s storm names have already been chosen with Ciara the name for the next storm. BBC News