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Met Office issues yellow alert, Storm Brian to hit UK

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Severe weather is expected to hit the UK today as the Met Office issues a yellow wind warning ahead of Storm Brian.

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An intense low-pressure system that will affect southern Britain on Saturday has been named as Storm Brian by Met Éireann.

The Met Office’s Irish partner took the decision on Thursday to issue an Orange warning for wind for some parts of Ireland on Saturday because of expected impacts across the Irish Republic.

Under the collaboration between the Met Office and Met Éireann a storm is named when it has the potential to cause an amber/orange or red warning.

The Met Office has a Yellow wind warning in force for strong winds on Saturday from 4am covering parts of southern, western and central England and much of Wales.

Currently the Met Office has no plans to issue an Amber wind warning for any part of the UK, but the situation will be under continual review.

Chief Forecaster Dan Suri said: “Storm Brian is expected to bring strong south or southwesterly winds to much of Wales and southern and western England from early Saturday.

“The first and most significant land-based impacts will be in the southwest of Ireland, hence the Orange warning from Met Éireann. At the moment, we don’t expect the same level of impacts for the UK.

“As we go through Saturday morning the strong southwesterly winds affecting the South and West will spread eastwards and slowly change direction as they will become westerly towards the end of the warning period.

“Gusts between 45 and 55 mph are expected widely within the warning area, with gusts of 60 to 70 mph along exposed coastal areas.

“These are expected to coincide with high tides, leading to locally dangerous conditions in coastal parts.”

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