Storm Helene could reach eastern parts of Northern Ireland

Hurricane Helene will steer north-north-westwards during Thursday around a sub-tropical area of high pressure near the Azores

The alert, warning of "very strong winds" posing the risk of "injuries and danger to life" because of flying debris, will last from Monday at 6pm until Tuesday at 12pm.

Issued this morning (Monday, September 17) at 11:23am, the warning will come into effect at 1:00pm this afternoon and will remain in place until 5:00am tomorrow morning.

It will be mostly cloudy elsewhere with just scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle, but with limited bright or sunny spells will shine through also.

The Met Office issued two "yellow" alerts on Friday as the storm began creeping towards south-western corners of the United Kingdom and the tip of Ireland.

Devon and Cornwall, parts of Wales and County Down in Northern Ireland as well as Northumbria, Cumbria and parts of Yorkshire in north of England are likely to see strong winds. Stronger gusts up to 60mph are possible for southern and western of Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

The Met Office also warned that damage to buildings, power cuts, road closures and transport cancellations are possible.

"Meanwhile, in some Irish Sea coastal areas, most likely in Wales and northwest England, gusts to 55-65 miles per hour are likely with possible isolated gusts in excess of 70 miles per hour in the most exposed places".




She is now one of a glut of tropical storms in the Atlantic, with Florence sparking mass evacuations as she heads towards landfall in the U.S. states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

The Met Office yellow warning asks people living in affected areas to be aware of the dangers the weather could bring.

The storm is likely to die out by Wednesday, the forecaster said.

The winds will gradually ease later on Wednesday.

"The timing and development of both these systems remains uncertain, however, so please keep up to date with the warnings and forecasts".

She said: "Helene is moving up from the Atlantic towards us".

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