A warning for severe weather, specifically heavy rain and strong winds, has been issued for parts of north-west England on Monday due to the arrival of Storm Debi. Meanwhile, a large portion of the Republic of Ireland is under red and orange wind warnings until mid-morning.
The warning for England is in effect from 10am to 4pm and applies to regions above Liverpool to Whitehaven, and west to areas including Blackpool. The Met Office cautions individuals to be cautious of strong and disruptive winds, which may result in the potential for flying debris. Buildings and structures are at risk of damage, and heavy objects like roof tiles could pose a threat to personal safety.
The Met Office issued a warning that roads and bridges may close, resulting in longer travel times and potential cancellations of public transportation. Road, rail, air, and ferry services may also be impacted.
Individuals should be aware that the storm may cause disruptions to power and mobile phone service, potentially leading to outages in both areas.
People living in coastal regions are advised to stay away from the shoreline due to the risk of large waves and debris being tossed onto roads, promenades, and nearby buildings.
The UK has received weather alerts for many regions due to a storm that is expected to pass through Ireland before reaching northern England and portions of Wales on Monday. Wind gusts of up to 80mph may occur in certain areas.
A wind warning in yellow, the least severe level of caution, will be effective from 4am to 6pm in regions such as Bangor and St Davids in Wales, and Manchester, Sheffield, and Liverpool in England.
The region of Aberdeenshire in Scotland is expected to receive a yellow rain warning from 10am to 9pm.
Last month, areas in north-east Scotland experienced heavy rain and were also affected by Storm Babet. Brechin, a town in Angus, was hit hard and had to evacuate hundreds of homes due to the overflowing river South Esk.
Meteorologist Jonathan Vautrey from the Met Office advised individuals to exercise caution when traveling during the morning rush hour, as disruptions are anticipated.
He stated that there will be heavy rain, the possibility of debris flying, and potential disruptions to travel and infrastructure in certain locations.
The red warning for east Galway and south Roscommon in Ireland has been extended until 7am on Monday. Starting at midnight, a yellow warning will be in effect for all counties in Ireland until 3pm on Monday.
The National Emergency Co-ordination Group (NECG) of Ireland has recommended that schools and preschools in multiple counties stay closed until 10am on Monday.
According to Jason Kelly, the head meteorologist at the Met Office, the Republic of Ireland will experience the most powerful winds on Monday morning, potentially causing disruptions during the morning commute. These winds will then move on to impact areas in north Wales and northern England during the afternoon.
Although the most powerful winds will have calmed down before reaching the UK, we still anticipate significant effects and have issued a wind warning.
“Furthermore, Debi is expected to cause a significant amount of rainfall in Northern Ireland, leading to a combined warning for strong winds and heavy rain.”
Simon Partridge, a representative of the Met Office, mentioned that there is a chance of winds reaching 70 to 80mph in certain areas of north-west Wales and England.
“The forecast calls for a damp and windy day across the board.”