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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

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.

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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