Storm Eleanor on the way

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

As Storm Eleanor heads towards Ireland today Met Eireann have issued two weather warnings of lashing rain, high seas and winds of up to 130kmph.

Flying debris could lead to injuries or danger to life, while some damage to buildings is likely, it has said.

People are also being warned that public transport could be affected or cancelled and that there may also be power cuts.

The forecaster says: "Southwest to west winds of mean speeds 55 to 65 kmph, gusting 90 to 110 kmph, will develop later this afternoon and evening and will continue overnight and through Wednesday".

The Environment Agency is expecting to issue flood alerts too, ahead of those high spring tides.

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In the Republic of Ireland, Met √Čireann has issued two Status Orange warnings and road users are being urged to travel with care as Storm Eleanor sweeps across the country, with strong winds and flooding in some areas.

Deputy chief forecaster Dan Harris added that next weekend could bring a return of colder conditions with a risk of frost, ice and wintry conditions, particularly in the north.

She said the agency's frontline teams will be out checking defences and may close coastal flood gates.

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

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