Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire issued with yellow warning by Met Office for wind

The UK Met Office and Met Éireann have declared Storm Gareth which is expected to hit Ireland on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Storm Gareth is set to hit Ireland later today with the potential for disruption and damage.

The weather service has now extended that warning back to 12pm.

"Gusts of up to 60 miles per hour are likely inland with a small chance of reaching 70 miles per hour for a time in squally showers".

As Storm Gareth moves away from the United Kingdom, the winds will ease and the rest of the week will remain unsettled with showers or spells of rain, and some brief drier interludes.

While forecasters have also been warned that there could be some "short term" power losses and that spray and/ or large waves could affect coastal communities and sea fronts. As a result there was also heavy traffic on the A2 heading to the ferries.

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A third Storm Gareth warning covers all of Ireland. Winds will gradually ease during the afternoon.

"Falling onto already wet ground, 20-40mm of rainfall is expected quite widely with 50-60mm possible over higher ground in Cumbria".

Going into Wednesday, Storm Gareth will be centered across the North Sea, but strong winds will still be expected across the United Kingdom of up to 45 - 55mph.

There is a also a strong risk of flooding predicted in coastal areas according to Met Eireann.

Rain spreading across southern parts, with hill snow for central areas, and perhaps to lower levels here later in the night.

Finally, a Status Yellow wind warning has been issued nationwide, taking effect from 12:00pm tomorrow through to 12:00pm on Wednesday.

  • Sonia Alvarado