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Ireland Bracing Itself For Storm Brian

Ireland Bracing Itself For Storm Brian

Alison Baptiste, the Environment Agency (EA)'s flood duty manager, added: "Strong winds are expected across southern England on Friday night and into Saturday".

BE AWARE of parking safely avoiding trees, overhanging telephone wires and things which could cause harm if they are swept over by the storm.

The storm - which could bring gusts of wind of up to 70mph (112kmph) - is likely to hit parts of south-west Ireland in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Inspector Eddie Golden of Cahir Garda Station warned drivers to take special precautions this evening, and over the weekend, with falling trees and gusts making driving risky.

Watch the above interactive map, to see Storm Brian's approach over Friday and Saturday. "We are concerned that there could be some flooding at the immediate coast but even without flooding there will be some very high waves", he said.

A Status Yellow wind warning has been issued for Co.

"Those wind speeds can cause impacts to transport and power supplies, and the potential for unsafe waves also brings risks to coastal routes and communities, as well as the potential for flooding of homes". "Short term loss of power and other services is also possible".

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The Met Office has issued a yellow warning that's in effect from 04:00 on Saturday 21st to 23:59.

A Met Office spokesman said of Storm Brian: "Gusts exceeding 50 miles per hour are expected widely within the warning area, with gusts of around 70 miles per hour along exposed coastal areas".

'These are expected to coincide with high tides, leading to locally risky conditions in coastal parts'.

The next one after Brian will be called Caroline.

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"Explosive cyclogenesis" takes place when air is sucked upwards by the jet stream, leaving low pressure below.

Met Eireann say the storm which comes less than a week after storm Ophelia battered the country, will not be as powerful but it will cause some damage in most parts.