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The UK is gearing up for the impact of Storm Debi, expecting gale force winds and heavy rainfall as the fourth named storm of the season approaches on Monday. Anticipated to hit northern

England and parts of north Wales in the morning, coastal areas may experience gusts of up to 80mph, raising concerns of potential danger to life from flying debris and large waves.

Storm Debi, originating in the Republic of Ireland, is likely to bring a range of challenges, including flooding, travel disruptions, and power outages across various regions. The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for wind, covering areas such as Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool, Bangor, and St Davids, with specific timings outlined.

Jason Kelly, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, warned of rapidly developing and potentially severe winds in parts of the Republic of Ireland, which could coincide with the morning commute. Although the strongest winds are expected to ease before reaching the UK, significant impacts are still anticipated, accompanied by a period of heavy rain in Northern Ireland.

The Met Office highlighted the potential for severe weather to result in flooding, posing risks to homes and businesses. Fast-flowing or deep floodwater may pose a danger to life. Additionally, spray and flooding could create challenging travel conditions, leading to road and bridge closures, as well as disruptions to rail, air, and ferry services.

England and Northern Ireland face a risk of power cuts, which could impact services, including mobile phone coverage. Coastal areas are cautioned about the potential danger posed by large waves and beach material, which could be thrown onto seafronts, coastal properties, and roads.

Following its expected impact, Storm Debi is projected to move through into the North Sea on Monday evening. This comes on the heels of Storm Ciarán, which caused flooding and disruptions across the Channel Islands and southern England, resulting in power cuts, travel issues, and numerous school closures. Photo by Stuart, Wikimedia commons.