Follow the progress of Storm Brian as it approaches Kilkenny

Follow the progress of Storm Brian as it approaches Kilkenny

The weather system, officially known as an explosive cyclogenesis, is caused when a jet stream of strong winds high up in the atmosphere interacts with a low pressure system, causing it to spin faster and faster.

The latest update from Met Éireann Reports predicts that the worst of what Storm Brian has to give will happen late tonight (Friday), October 20, and into the early hours of tomorrow morning (Saturday).

Met Eireann has issued a Status Orange warnings and three Status Yellow warnings due to the incoming storm, and the southern half of the country is now bracing itself again for yet more high winds, and potential torrential rainfall.

Wales, north-west England and most of southern England are likely to be affected, while Northern Ireland, which took the brunt of Ophelia, could face heavy rain from Thursday onwards.

Met Office chief forecaster Steve Ramsdale said: "The winds initially southwesterly will gradually turn westerly later whilst also slowly easing".

"Inland Suffolk and north Essex could see gusts between 45 and 50mph and on exposed coastlines that could go up to about 60mph".

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for winds across a swathe of Britain, including Wales and southern England up to the Midlands, which will remain in place until midnight on Saturday.

The strongest winds will hit the south west of Ireland and Wales early on Saturday morning, before heading east across the south of England.

He warned thrill seekers not to risk their safety by posing for "storm selfies" along the coast.

He said: "Environment Agency teams are on the ground, checking defences and taking precautionary action to close tidal gates and put up temporary barriers".

"Short term loss of power and other services is also possible".

The Energy Networks Association, representing the UK's energy infrastructure, also reminded residents to call the free 105 advice telephone number in case of damage to local networks and power supplies.

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