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Wet, windy start to 2018, UK forecasters warn of gales ahead

Staff Writer |
Britain is braced for a wet and windy start to 2018, with two weather warnings issued for this week about wind gusts of up to 80 miles per hour (129 kph), as Storm Eleanor approaches.

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Forecasters said that low pressure could cause travel disruptions during the week. An amber warning for wind has been issued from 6 p.m.(GMT) on Tuesday until 8 p.m. (GMT) on Wednesday for northeastern and western England, Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland.

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

The fifth named storm of the season would bring a "very windy" spell to Britain on Tuesday night and Wednesday, forecasters said. The Met Office has issued several national severe weather warnings due to the potential for travel disruption.

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