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Storm Gareth: Yellow weather warning for the UK

Storm Gareth: Yellow weather warning for the UK

  • 11 March 2019
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Image caption Storm Gareth comes after strong winds affected south-east England on Sunday

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for Tuesday and Wednesday, as Storm Gareth hits the UK.

Forecasters say strong winds will hit Northern Ireland on Tuesday before spreading eastwards to much of England and Wales, and south-west Scotland.

The Met Office is also warning of localised flooding in Cumbria.

It comes as cars were crushed by scaffolding and a supermarket roof was ripped off as strong winds battered the country on Sunday.

Gareth is the third storm to be named this year, after Erik in February and Freya earlier this month.

The Met Office currently has three yellow "be aware" warnings in place for the next two days.

The first warns strong north-westerly winds are expected to develop from 15:00 GMT on Tuesday in Northern Ireland, leading to some disruption.

These will begin to reach the south-west and Lothian Borders areas of Scotland from about 2100 GMT, spreading to much of England and Wales through Wednesday.

Storm Gareth will bring the risk of damage to buildings, flying debris, large waves, power cuts and travel disruption, the Met Office says.

Image caption Several cars were damaged when wind ripped scaffolding into a road in west London on Sunday

It warned gusts could reach 80mph along northern coasts, while gusts of 50-55mph are likely inland and up to 65mph along western coasts.

In addition, the Met Office is warning of heavy rain affecting north-west England and parts of Yorkshire overnight into Tuesday.

Northern England is particularly at risk of travel disruption and localised flooding, with the possibility of 50mm to 60mm of rainfall over higher ground in Cumbria, says the Met Office.