Warning of 80mph winds with arrival of Storm Gareth
Huge waves crashed into the coastlines of Britain and Ireland as Storm Gareth announced its imminent arrival yesterday.
Gusts could reach 80mph today along the coast of Northern Ireland, the Met Office said.
Weather warnings covering Northern Ireland, England, Wales and parts of Scotland are in force for today as forecasters warned that the storm, which was named on Monday, could bring travel disruption and power cuts when it makes landfall.
A Met Office yellow warning for wind is in force here until noon today.
Strong northwesterly winds from last night are expected to continue this morning.
Gusts of up to 60mph are likely inland with a small chance of them reaching 70mph for a time in squally showers, according to forecasters.
Gusts of 70-75mph are likely along northern coasts, perhaps up to 80mph for a time.
But the winds will steadily ease later in the morning, the Met Office said.
Forecasters said that at least two inches of rain was possible over higher ground in Cumbria in England.
Meanwhile, a mammoth clean-up was beginning this morning in the Republic after Storm Gareth left homes without power.
The epicentre of the storm was last night felt in Co Donegal, with Malin Head weather station reporting wind gusts of up to 75mph.