UK Met Office warns "injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible" from Storm Helene 6 days ago

UK Met Office warns "injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible" from Storm Helene

A storm is coming.

A big one.

With Friday morning's warning from Met Éireann that Storm Helene will approach Ireland in the coming days, further caution has been issued by the Met Office in the UK.

A status yellow wind warning is in place for Monday 17 September, with Northern Ireland expected to be among the regions affected.

The warning is in place from Monday at 6pm until Tuesday afternoon at midday.

The Met Office warns that injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible.

Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible.

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Some roads and bridges may be forced to close, while fallen trees could present an additional hazard.

There is also a small chance that injuries could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts.

On top of that, power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect mobile phone coverage and other services.

The Met Office says that Storm Helene is expected to push north-east towards the UK late on Monday, before clearing quickly to the north of Scotland through Tuesday morning.

"There remains large uncertainty in Helene's exact track, however a spell of very strong winds is expected, initially for parts of south-west England and west Wales, then later south-west Scotland and the south-east of Northern Ireland.

"Winds are likely to gust to 55-65 mph quite widely in the warning area, with possible gusts of 70-80 mph in exposure."