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Met Office extends ‘danger to life’ warning as Britain braces for Storm Gareth

The Met Office is predicting 80mph winds

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The Met Office has extended its ‘danger to life’ weather warning as the UK braces for Storm Gareth.

The yellow warning for strong winds and heavy rain covers Wales, Northern Ireland, most of England and parts of western Scotland for 24 hours from Tuesday afternoon (March 12).

It’s been said winds could reach 80mph in Northern Ireland as Storm Gareth makes its way across Britain.

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As Storm Gareth spreads across the rest of the UK, it could cause travel disruption as well as danger to life due to flying debris, falling trees and large waves.

The Met Office added that the North West of England could see 60mm of heavy rain fall in less than 12 hours, therefore, a warning has been put in place.

There are currently three separate severe weather warnings put in place for Tuesday, including heavy rain in the North West of England, where flooding is likely.

The Met Office said: “A spell of heavy rain is expected to affect parts of northern England on Monday night before clearing eastward on Tuesday morning.

Met Office warnings in place
The Met Office is predicting 80mph winds (Credit: Met Office)

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

The second is for wind affecting Northern Ireland from 3pm on Tuesday to 12pm on Wednesday (March 13).

The Met Office warned: “A spell of strong northwesterly winds are expected across Northern Ireland for the evening travel period, continuing overnight and Wednesday morning.

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There are currently three separate severe weather warnings put in place for Tuesday (Credit: Pexels)

“Gusts of up to 60mph are likely inland with a small chance of reaching 70mph for a time in squally showers. Gusts of 70-75mph are likely along northern coasts, perhaps up to 80mph for a time.

“Winds will steadily ease through Wednesday morning.”

The final warning is for wind affecting Wales, most of England and western parts of Scotland.

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The warning reads: “A spell of strong northwesterly winds is expected to develop across southwest Scotland late on Tuesday evening then extend across much of England and Wales through Wednesday.

“Gusts of up to 50-55mph are likely inland and 65mph along western coasts. Winds will gradually ease during the afternoon.”

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