'Heavy rain expected': Met Éireann issues a Status Yellow warning

Ophelia to hit Donegal this afternoon- experts say from circa 3pm

'Heavy rain expected': Met Éireann issues a Status Yellow warning

Hurricane Ophelia has come and gone and Storm Brian could be heading our way this weekend - but before that hits we'll have to deal with yet more extreme weather.

Scientists are predicting Storm Brian will bring a "weather bomb" that will batter the United Kingdom with gale-force winds and heavy rain on Saturday (21 October).

The status yellow alert will be in place all day long.

Heavy rain and gusts of 50mph are expected across southern England and the west of Wales on Saturday, with winds reaching speeds of up to 70mph in exposed areas.

This time gusts of 50-60 miles per hour are expected inland with 70 miles per hour winds in coastal areas, which, according to the Met Office, should expect large waves and potential flooding, with disruption to transport was likely.

Some transport disruption is likely across the warning area, with delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport.

Explosive cylcogenesis is also known as a weather bomb, and refers to a rapidly deepening area of low pressure. "Short term loss of power and other services is also possible".

Midland Weather Channel's Cathal Nolan says he is now working off two weather models to track the storm, the GFS charts and the Ocean Prediction Center (A United States government run organisation).

Dave Reynolds, forecaster for The Weather Company, said: "We expect winds of 80mph perhaps stronger in coastal regions and although these might not be as strong as Ophelia it is important to note that many trees may have been weakened earlier in the week".

But gusts of between 110kph to 130kph are forecast in coastal parts of Munster and coastal parts of Wexford, with the risk of coastal flooding - as "Storm Brian" tracks eastwards across central and southern parts of Ireland.

Following the devastation of Ophelia earlier this week, which killed three people, Brian will bring more strong winds.

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