All areas set to be battered by Storm Fergus as Met Office issues warnings

UK weather forecast: Rain and wind

The Met Office has issued weather warnings as Storm Fergus barrels across the country drenching already soaked parts of the UK.

The second named storm of the weekend will arrive in western areas later on Sunday (December 10) with yellow Met Office warnings for rain covering areas including north-east England, south-east Scotland and north-west Scotland.

It comes after homes and cars in Leitrim Village, Ireland, were badly damaged after a possible tornado hit the area.

Emergency services were called on Sunday afternoon after high winds flattened trees, tore the roof off a building and left debris strewn across a street.

The Met Office said the storm – named by the Irish meteorological service, Met Eireann – could produce 30 to 40mm of rain, along with a risk of hail and thunder.

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The warnings are in place until Sunday evening for Scotland, and into Monday morning for north east England.

Some 40 flood warnings for England have been issued by the Environment Agency and three by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.

The strongest winds are likely to hit south Wales and areas around the Bristol Channel, with a possibility of localised gales.

Bad weather could cause delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport and coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities may be affected by spray and large waves, according to the forecaster.

Simon Partridge from the Met Office said: “There will be some further spells of heavy rain, particularly in Wales and the north of England.

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“In these areas the ground is already very saturated which makes flooding possible. There could be strong localised gales, especially in south Wales.”

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said Storm Fergus will conclude what has been an unsettled weekend of weather for the UK.

He added: “Fergus will bring some strong winds and heavy rain for a time late on Sunday and into the early hours of Monday morning.

“While the strongest gusts are expected in the Republic of Ireland, Storm Fergus will bring some windy conditions to western areas, including Irish Sea coasts, while also bringing some potentially impactful rain.”

Mr Page continued: “The rain has potential to be disruptive in parts of northern England and parts of Scotland, especially where it’s falling on very saturated ground.”

Storm Elin – also named by Met Eireann – brought strong winds and heavy downpours to parts of the UK and Ireland on Saturday (December 9).

There were 53 flood warnings in place for England, issued by the Environment Agency, on that day. Strong winds smashed into the south west of the Republic of Ireland on Sunday morning.

Storm Fergus is expected to weaken as it moves to the east in the early hours of Monday (December 11), but the unsettled weather is likely to continue from Tuesday (December 12).

The latest weather maps generated by WX Charts using MetDesk data show a huge band of rain sweeping across southern Scotland, northern England and across swathes of eastern England at 6am on Tuesday.

The Met Office said a yellow warning for rain has been issued for eastern Scotland from Tuesday morning through to the early hours of Wednesday and will continue to be reviewed in the coming days.

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