Galway battered with 140km/h gusts as Storm Eleanor gains pace

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     BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES Weather models show two bands of low pressure smashing into the UK

There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown on to sea fronts, roads and coastal properties, along western and southern coasts.

The warning was issued at 5am this morning and is in place from 4pm today until 9pm on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Met Eireann has issued a Status Orange severe wind weather alert for Kilkenny, due to the approach of Storm Eleanor.

The Environment Agency has warned that strong winds and high tides could bring coastal flooding until Thursday.

The Met Office predicted gusts of 60-70 miles per hour, or about 97-113 kph, and said western coastal areas could be hit by 80mph (129kph) winds.

This evening and overnight Storm "Eleanor" will bring a short period of disruptive winds to Cumbria and Lancashire which coincides with a period of high spring tides. If you are in areas affected by the flood warnings please be prepared and where necessary take action to protect property, friends and family.

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"If you're travelling, please check your route before setting off and don't drive through flood water".

"The details of the forecast later this week and into the weekend are extremely uncertain at this stage, so my advice is to keep up to date with the latest forecasts as confidence will increase later in the week".

Turning drier for a time this afternoon with a few showers, but further rain and strong wind arriving later.

He said: "Torrential rain and gale-force winds are a recipe for driving disaster". Leading to a very windy start to the day tomorrow.

"Drivers will need to take extra care and expect delays, even on motorways".

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