There is an amber weather warning for some areas of north-west England on Monday due to Storm Debi’s arrival in the UK. This will bring strong winds and heavy rain. Meanwhile, most of the Republic of Ireland has been issued with red and orange wind warnings until mid-morning.
The warning for England will be in effect from 10am to 4pm and covers areas north of Liverpool to Whitehaven, and west to include Blackpool. The Met Office advises caution due to strong and potentially damaging winds, which may result in flying debris. There is a high likelihood of damage to buildings and structures, and heavy objects like roof tiles could pose a threat to people’s safety.
The Met Office cautioned about the possibility of road and bridge closures, resulting in longer travel times and potential disruptions to public transportation and other services. This could impact road, rail, air, and ferry travel.
Individuals should be aware that the storm may cause disruptions to electricity, cell phone service, and other utilities due to potential damage to power and communication infrastructure.
People living near the coast should avoid going near the water’s edge, as there may be strong waves and debris that could be tossed onto roads, beaches, and nearby buildings.
Warnings for severe weather have been issued for significant portions of the United Kingdom. A storm is predicted to move through Ireland and then reach northern England and certain areas of Wales on Monday, potentially bringing gusts of up to 80mph in certain regions.
A cautionary notice for wind, considered the least severe level of alarm, will be effective from 4am to 6pm in regions such as Bangor and St Davids in Wales, and Manchester, Sheffield, and Liverpool in England.
Aberdeenshire, Scotland, will be under a yellow rain warning from 10am to 9pm.
Certain areas in the north-east region of Scotland are expected to experience significant precipitation and were also impacted by Storm Babet in the previous month. Brechin, a town in Angus, specifically faced severe consequences as hundreds of residences were forced to evacuate due to the overflowing of the river South Esk.
The Met Office’s meteorologist, Jonathan Vautrey, advised caution when traveling during the morning rush hour due to anticipated disruptions.
He stated that there is a possibility of intense precipitation, flying objects, and disturbances to transportation and structures in certain areas.
The red warning for overnight in east Galway and south Roscommon in Ireland has been extended until 7am on Monday. A yellow warning is in effect for all counties in Ireland from midnight until 3pm on Monday.
The NECG recommended that schools and preschools in certain counties should stay closed until 10am on Monday.
Jason Kelly, the head meteorologist at the Met Office, stated that the most powerful winds will likely impact areas in the Republic of Ireland on Monday morning, potentially coinciding with the morning rush hour, and then move on to affect parts of north Wales and northern England in the afternoon.
“Although the strongest winds will have decreased before reaching the UK, we are still anticipating significant effects and have issued a wind warning.”
Furthermore, Debi is expected to cause a substantial amount of precipitation in Northern Ireland, prompting the issuance of a combined wind and rain warning.
The Met Office’s spokesperson, Simon Partridge, stated that there is a potential for wind speeds of 70 to 80mph in some areas of north-west Wales and England.
“Everyone can expect a rainy and windy day.”