Storm Helene: Yellow weather warning issued for Wigan

Minnie Murray
September 18, 2018

Forecasters have warned that the storm could pose a danger to life when it bears down on the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland next week, however there is also a possibility the Province could avoid the affects of the storm altogether.

Heavy downpours are also expected to soak many areas.

Severe gusts were expected as Storm Helene hit the United Kingdom but the warning has been downgraded and moved to Wednesday - and covers just north west Wales.

"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".

Meanwhile in the United States, the death toll from Storm Florence has risen to 11 after catastrophic flooding hit North Carolina.

Ferocious winds lurking in the Atlantic threaten to whip across western regions of England and Wales from Monday evening, heralding a day of disruption and hazardous conditions.

The storm would be expected to die out by Wednesday, Ms Smith said.

A statement on the Met Office website said: "A spell of very windy weather is expected".

A Met Officer forecaster told the News Letter: "At the moment we have a yellow wind warning which fringes parts of Co Down".

"The colour might change as we get closer to the time".

Unsettled weather looks set to continue on Tuesday, with more heavy rain and strong winds as Helene passes over the UK.

However, it accepted there "remains large uncertainty in Helene's exact track".

"There will be a dry and sunny start for England and Wales".

Meteorologist Dean Hall said parts of the United Kingdom felt gusts of about 30-40mph on Tuesday morning, with wind speeds reaching 50mph in parts of Wales.

The national forecaster said: "The rest of today will be windy, but winds will moderate away from the south and east coast tonight".

Leading bookmaker Coral has seen a flurry of bets on this month ending as the wettest September on record in the UK.

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