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Storm Frank: Batten down the hatches as Met Office issues wind and rain warnings for Northern Ireland

'Explosive' deepening area of low pressure bringing storm, warns weather man

Published 28/12/2015

Strong winds and rain are predicted to cause havoc. Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Strong winds and rain are predicted to cause havoc. Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Flooded riverside properties in Kings Street, York, as swamped towns and cities continue to struggle against the Christmas floods.
The Army assists the Environment Agency as swamped towns and cities continue to struggle against the Christmas floods (Ministry of Defence/PA)
People being rescued by soldiers and emergency services in York city centre
Businesses continue the clean up in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire after the weekend's flooding.
Anita Ross from the Boudoir designer boutique at the linen Green complex in Dungannon attempts to tidy up after floods hit her shop and destroyed her stock earlier this month.

Northern Ireland looks set to be battered as Storm Frank heads toward our shores.

The Met Office has issued weather warnings for rain and wind as the powerful storm sweeps in from the Atlantic.

BBC weather man Barra Best warned of an "explosively deepening area of low pressure" bringing in the storm.

A yellow warning for wind comes into force on Tuesday and continues into Wednesday morning.

Gale force winds have been predicted to reach between 70 and 80mph in some exposed areas, mainly in the north west.  

On Wednesday the Met Office has in place a yellow warning for rain.

Downpours are predicted to be prolonged, with 120mm of rainfall forecast in some areas.

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Storm Frank to batter Ireland: People warned to stay away from coastal areas  

The Met Office has warned of disruption to travel and potential flooding.

Soldiers from 2 LANCS rest for a few minutes awaiting the next task as the British Army assists the Environment Agency with the Christmas floods (Ministry of Defence/PA)
Soldiers from 2 LANCS rest for a few minutes awaiting the next task as the British Army assists the Environment Agency with the Christmas floods (Ministry of Defence/PA)
A Christmas wreath hangs on the door of a house on a flooded residential street next to the River Foss, after it burst it's banks in York, northern England, on December 28, 2015. British Prime Minister David Cameron visited the flood-hit historic city of York on Monday as cities, towns and villages across northern England battled to get back on their feet following devastating storms. Around 500 properties were flooded in York, one of Britain's top tourist attractions, on Sunday as two rivers burst their banks. Some residential streets became so inundated that cars were covered up to their roofs. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Furniture is seen piled high in the window of a house on a flooded residential street next to the River Foss, after it burst it's banks in York, northern England, on December 28, 2015. British Prime Minister David Cameron visited the flood-hit historic city of York on Monday as cities, towns and villages across northern England battled to get back on their feet following devastating storms. Around 500 properties were flooded in York, one of Britain's top tourist attractions, on Sunday as two rivers burst their banks. Some residential streets became so inundated that cars were covered up to their roofs. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
A flooded residential street is pictured next to the River Foss after it burst it's banks in York, northern England, on December 28, 2015. British Prime Minister David Cameron visited the flood-hit historic city of York on Monday as cities, towns and villages across northern England battled to get back on their feet following devastating storms. Around 500 properties were flooded in York, one of Britain's top tourist attractions, on Sunday as two rivers burst their banks. Some residential streets became so inundated that cars were covered up to their roofs. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
A submerged car is pictured on a residential road next to the River Foss after it burst it's banks in York, northern England, on December 28, 2015. British Prime Minister David Cameron visited the flood-hit historic city of York on Monday as cities, towns and villages across northern England battled to get back on their feet following devastating storms. Around 500 properties were flooded in York, one of Britain's top tourist attractions, on Sunday as two rivers burst their banks. Some residential streets became so inundated that cars were covered up to their roofs. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
A man on a bicycle turns back from a flooded residential street next to the River Foss after it burst it's banks in York, northern England, on December 28, 2015. British Prime Minister David Cameron visited the flood-hit historic city of York on Monday as cities, towns and villages across northern England battled to get back on their feet following devastating storms. Around 500 properties were flooded in York, one of Britain's top tourist attractions, on Sunday as two rivers burst their banks. Some residential streets became so inundated that cars were covered up to their roofs. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Businesses continue the clean up in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire after the weekend's flooding.
People being rescued by soldiers and emergency services in York city centre
Flooded riverside properties in Kings Street, York, as swamped towns and cities continue to struggle against the Christmas floods.
Businesses continue the clean up in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire after the weekend's flooding.
The River Irwell
The Army assists the Environment Agency as swamped towns and cities continue to struggle against the Christmas floods (Ministry of Defence/PA)
Flood water by a bridge in Cawood, between York and Selby
Labour MP Simon Danczuk, whose Rochdale constituency has been hit by flooding, said money should be spent in the UK rather than overseas
Insurance companies say they are visiting areas hit by floods
A man wades through flood waters at Hebden Bridge, where flood sirens were sounded after torrential downpours
A flooded railway line at Kirkstall, Leeds
Sandbags are placed on top of the flood defences along the River Ouse in York city centre
Rescue teams in Whalley, Lancashire, after the area was hit by downpours
Soldiers helping to set up flood defences in Appleby as the Army was called in to help protect flood-hit areas of Cumbria (Ministry of Defence/PA)
The River Ouse in York, where riverside properties have been flooded again.

Earlier this month large parts of the country were hit by flooding in the wake of Storm Desmond.

While thousands in the north of England continue to deal with widespread flooding.

The Met Office and the Irish meteorological service, Met Eirann, combined to draw up a list of names of storms in order to make it easier to communicate weather warnings for the British Isles.

Both organisations asked the public to suggest names.

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