WEATHER: Storm Eleanor hits South Yorkshire

WEATHER: Storm Eleanor hits South Yorkshire

"The wind will pick up again later on Tuesday and Wednesday as developing Storm Eleanor heads towards the United Kingdom and Ireland".

"The wind will pick up again later on Tuesday and Wednesday as developing Storm Eleanor heads towards the United Kingdom and Ireland".

A yellow weather warning issued by the Met Office covering most of the region and half the United Kingdom is in place until 7pm tonight (January 3).

The region is set to be hit by heavy rain today as weather warnings are put in place after Storm Eleanor. In Paris, the Eiffel Tower was closed due to strong winds and parks were closed over worries over falling tree branches.

The yellow warning issued by the Met Office remains active and is expected to last until 6pm on Wednesday.

"Gusts of 70 miles per hour are likely quite widely, and 80-90 miles per hour gusts are possible along exposed Irish Sea coasts". "Damaging gusts likely inland also".

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

"National severe weather warnings have been issued as there is the potential for some travel disruption, and high waves throwing beach material onto sea fronts, roads and coastal properties, along western and southern coasts".

The government's flood warning information service said earlier widespread flooding is possible across Wyre, including in Cleveleys and Fleetwood.

All but two cover southern Scotland while Fife and Central Scotland have one apiece.

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Flood alerts are out for the south coast too.

According to Met Eireann, westerly gale to storm winds together with high tides and exceptionally high seas will result in coastal damage and flooding.

Meanwhile, more rain is forecast for tomorrow with the possibility of storm-force winds continuing to batter the country on Thursday.

"The key concern is for a cluster of communities between the Isle of Whithorn and Kirkcubright".

"This may cause wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal areas leading to localised flooding to properties and standing water on coastal roads".

Other areas being monitored by Sepa include Ayrshire and Arran, the Moray Firth and areas around the inner Firth of Forth.

'So I would urge everyone to be wary of the possibility of surface water.

"Drivers will need to take extra care and expect delays, even on motorways".

Storm Eleanor, which brought winds of up to 100mph left vehicles submerged and buildings damaged.

'If conditions are stormy, keep away from cliffs and exposed coasts.

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