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Status Yellow wind warning in place for Leitrim as Storm Eleanor approaches

Status Yellow wind warning in place for Leitrim as Storm Eleanor approaches

Several homes and businesses in the city centre were under water last night and the fire services received more than 100 calls in relation to flooding.

The Met Office has issued yellow "be aware" alerts and amber for swathes of the country, while Met √Čireann in Ireland has enforced more serious amber warnings in some places.

"Often windy, especially Wednesday with the risk of gales (Storm Eleanor) here in Essex".

The Met Office is warning that strong winds are expected through much of today, with a yellow warning set to be in place until 7pm.

They've issued three separate wind warnings and a rain warning, and warned of thunder and flooding.

The latest weather maps show that Storm Eleanor will bring torrential rain and gales to the United Kingdom this evening and into tomorrow (January 3).

The storm started to hit the United Kingdom at about 6pm GMT, Tuesday, January 2, but the danger is not over yet.

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.

"It's probably wind gusts of around 50mph in land, and maybe a touch higher, 50-55mph along the coast".

In the Republic at least 55,000 properties experienced blackouts as the winter storm battered the network.

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An amber warning for wind has been issued from 6 p.m.(GMT) on Tuesday until 8 p.m. (GMT) on Wednesday for northeastern and western England, Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland.

'Flying debris could lead to injuries or danger to life while some damage to buildings is likely.

The warning will see westerly winds with average speeds of 65 to 80 km/h, with gusts of at least 110 to 130 km/h expected.

Damaging gusts likely inland also as Storm Eleanor continues to batter the country.

Storm Caroline smashed into the United Kingdom this morning, unleashing "devastating" 90mph winds that have shut schools and sparked travel chaos.

"If you have to travel, check your route before setting off and please do not walk or drive through flood water - just 30cm can move a vehicle".

The Met Office cautioned the public to brace for power cuts, public transport disruption and interruption to mobile phone signals.

This covers the period between midnight on Tuesday and midday Wednesday.

The unsafe winds have now wreaked havoc and caused damage on the coast.