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  According to Met Office storm Franklin would bring strong winds and heavy rain across much of the country and gusts of up to 80mph in...

 


According to Met Office storm Franklin would bring strong winds and heavy rain across much of the country and gusts of up to 80mph in Northern Ireland in the early hours of Monday.

It is the first time the Met Office has named three storms within a week since its naming system began in 2015.

The latest severe weather event will pose a challenge for engineers attempting to reconnect the 83,000 households in England and Wales who remain without power following Storm Eunice.

Northern areas of Northern Ireland are covered by an Amber Wind Warning that will be in force from early Monday morning. Within the Amber Warning area, winds could be in excess of 80mph in exposed coastal areas, but more widely between 60 and 70mph. Damage to buildings is possible, and there’s likely travel disruption.  

An extended Yellow Warning for wind which covers much of the rest of the UK, except the northeast, has also been issued for Storm Franklin. Within the yellow warning area, wind gusts will be 65-75mph in coastal areas, and more widely 50-60mph further inland. The coasts of the northwest of England and the southwest of Scotland could see gusts of up to 75mph for a short period on Sunday night and early Monday morning.  

The centre of Storm Franklin will track eastwards over the north of Scotland from early Monday morning, with the highest winds expected on the southern flank of the system. The centre of Storm Franklin will clear into the North Sea on Monday morning, although high winds will continue to be felt for most through Monday, as is reflected in the Yellow Weather Warning.  

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