Storm Franklin: Britons warned ‘prepare for disruption’ – Amber warning issued amid gales

Weather: Amber storm warning issued in Northern Ireland

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BBC weather presenter Louise Lear has discussed the latest on Storm Frankin with the Met Office having issued an amber storm warning for Northern Ireland, with winds up to 80 miles per hour.

Ms Lear told BBC News: “We’ve got this amber warning that’s been issued for storm Franklin and that is going to start tonight at midnight and last through till 7am.

“So it’s a relatively short space of time, but we could potentially see gusts of winds of 80 miles an hour and that could have a significant impact.

“So certainly be prepared for some disruption on top of already the damage that we’ve had across the country.

“So the amber warning is for Northern Ireland but it really is worth stressing that for southern Scotland, Northern England, Wales, West facing coasts, we are likely to see gusts of winds 60, 70 miles an hour.”

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“I was just looking earlier actually in Cardigan Bay and North Wales we’ve got 70 mile an hour gusts of winds at the moment,” she added.

“So unfortunately for trying to restore power, because there’s still several homes without power, that’s just going to exacerbate the issue.

“Looking ahead to the weather for the week ahead it stays unsettled right throughout the week.

“The heaviest of the rain, and the strongest of the winds as we go through the next few days.

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“The emphasis is going to shift towards Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England.”

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for wind which could cause “travel delays, road and rail closures, power cuts and the potential risk to life and property” in Northern Ireland from midnight until 7 am on Monday.

Milder yellow warnings for wind cover England, Wales and the south-western edge of Scotland for midday until 3 pm on Sunday, and for the same period on Monday.

Environment agencies have also issued hundreds of alerts for flooding across the UK, including two “severe” warnings where rainfall could cause a “danger to life” for communities along the River Mersey in Greater Manchester.

Katharine Smith, flood duty manager at the Environment Agency, urged people to “stay away from swollen rivers” while teams deploy temporary barriers and pumps on the river.

She said: “We are urging people to remain vigilant and take extreme care following the impacts of Storm Eunice, and with a further storm, Franklin, on the way.

“Heavy rain, affecting already wet areas, is likely to cause significant river flooding in parts of the north of England today and tomorrow.

“We advise people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through floodwater as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car. Residents close to the River Mersey are being warned to take immediate action and prepare for property flooding.”

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