Weather warning in place as Storm Eleanor sweeps into region

At least three people were killed as winter storm Eleanor swept across Europe causing widespread disruption, leaving thousands of homes without power and bringing transport links to a halt.

And the Environment Agency issued a flood alert for Worcestershire.

The forecaster says it will remain extremely windy on Wednesday morning with stormy conditions in the west.

Up to 55,000 ESB Networks customers are also now without power with homes in Mayo, Galway and Leitrim suffering major outages as the country is blasted by gusts of up to 130km/h.

Limerick City and County Council said it had convened its Severe Weather Assessment Team following Met Éireann's weather advisory regarding Storm Eleanor. Over 400 incidences of weather related damage to the network disrupted electricity supplies to the southern counties of Northern Ireland last night.

"[This afternoon] sees a very blustery day, with squally gusts accompanying showers in many areas".

A Status Yellow rainfall warning has also been issued for Connacht and Donegal. Gusts of up to 90mph are possible along exposed Irish Sea coasts, it said. "Inland gusts exceeding 60 miles per hour are possible". There is a good chance that power cuts may occur with mobile phone coverage perhaps affected.

The Status Orange warning is in place from 4pm to 9pm.

All but two cover southern Scotland while Fife and Central Scotland have one apiece.

In the capital, winds are likely to rise as high as 45mph, bringing torrential rain overnight.

"The key concern is for a cluster of communities between the Isle of Whithorn and Kirkcubright".

So far the only reported injury caused by the storm was a man hurt in Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, after a tree fell on his vehicle.

"People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care near the coast".

Meteorologist Becky Mitchell said the risk of more "violent storm-force gusts" had lessened, although wind speeds of between 70mph and 80mph could hit some parts.

Don't drive into flood water that's moving or more than 10cm (4 inches) deep.

Vanessa Coleman

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