Exact date Storm Debbie is expected to hit the UK and a map of areas affected by wind and heavy rain as Met Office issues weather warning
Written by Catherine Lawton and Summer Goodkind
17:46 12 November 2023, updated 19:00 12 November 2023
Storm Debbie is set to arrive tomorrow as a weather warning has been issued for Ireland, Scotland and parts of England.
The Met Office has released a map of places affected by strong winds and rain, with areas in England such as Manchester, Hull and Newcastle expected to suffer the worst of the bad weather.
Storm Debi represents the fourth named storm in the UK of the season and comes next Floods devastated parts of the country during periods of heavy rainfall caused by previous storms Babbit and Ciaran.
Schools in parts of Ireland have been asked to postpone opening, as the Irish Meteorological Agency warns of a “potential risk to life” from Storm Debbie.
The Met Office said the storm would reach northern England and parts of Wales tomorrow morning after sweeping across Ireland, with winds of 80mph possible in some areas.
A yellow warning for wind and rain will be in place from 4am to 6pm in areas including Bangor and St Davids in Wales and Manchester, Sheffield and Liverpool in England, posing a potential risk to life from flying debris.
Aberdeenshire in Scotland will have a yellow rain warning later today, from 10am to 9pm.
Jason Kelly, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “The strongest winds are expected to affect parts of the Republic of Ireland early on Monday, possibly coinciding with the morning flight, before then affecting parts of north Wales and England until the afternoon. .
“Although the strongest winds may calm somewhat before they reach the UK, we still expect some significant impacts and a wind warning has been issued.
“In addition, Debbie will bring a period of heavy rain to Northern Ireland where a combined wind and rain warning has been issued.”
Met Office spokesman Simon Partridge added: “For parts of north-west Wales and England, there is a possibility of wind speeds reaching 70 to 80mph.
“It’s going to be a rainy and windy day for everyone.”
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Schools in parts of Ireland have been told to delay opening times after the Irish Meteorological Agency reported a “potential risk to life” from the storm.
Red wind warnings will come into effect for Clare, east Galway, south Roscommon, Offaly and Westmeath on Monday.
The red warning for Clare and parts of Galway and Roscommon is in place between 3am and 5am.
The separate red warning for Offaly and Westmeath is in place between 5am and 7am.
People in these areas are being warned of “potential danger to life” during the storm.
Separate warnings were issued earlier for the island of Ireland, where Debbie is expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds.
While the yellow warning applies to every county in the country, the majority of people also live in areas where the orange warning applies due to the risk of “severe and damaging storms” as of Sunday night.
Meteorologist Erin said the weather will be “windy or very windy” due to Storm Debby across the country, with thunderstorms and hail possible.
It warned of the possibility of localized flooding, hazardous driving conditions and fallen trees.
The yellow warning for the entire country comes into effect from midnight and ends at 3pm on Monday.
A more severe orange wind warning applies to 19 counties for a more concentrated period of damaging storms between 2 a.m. and midday Monday.
Forecasters warned of damage to exposed and vulnerable structures, dangerous travel conditions, damage to power lines and disruption to services.
The warning applies to entire counties under red warnings, as well as Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Wicklow, Cavan, Monaghan, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary.
Ireland’s National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) has advised schools and kindergartens in these counties to remain closed until 10am on Monday.
Speaking after the group’s meeting, Emergency Management Director Keith Leonard said schools had been asked to postpone opening in parts of the country.
“In terms of balancing risks and ensuring public safety, all schools and kindergartens are asked to remain closed until 10 am tomorrow in the orange and red zones,” Leonard said.
Leonard, the national director of fire and emergency management, said local authorities and response agencies were preparing for the storm over the weekend.
He advised people to stay away from coastal areas because conditions would be “very dangerous.”
He also warned: “We advise people to keep an eye on the weather forecast for Met Eireann as those red and orange counties could change in a short time.”
Irish weather agency Met Eireann’s chief forecaster said Storm Debbie is an “extreme weather event” that will have its first impact in the southwest of the country.
Speaking after a meeting of Ireland’s National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG), Eoin Sherlock said the storm would then move towards the north-east.
“We can expect some very strong winds from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. (Monday) as well as gusts of wind,” he said. Storms will likely be the main problem for Storm Debbie later this evening and tonight.
He said those living in areas affected by the red wind warning could expect winds of up to 130 kilometers per hour (80 miles per hour).
“We can expect some travel disruptions, and some infrastructure issues like downed power cables.”
Mr Sherlock said the order would impact people in commuter counties as they prepare to go to work.
Ireland’s National Director of Fire and Emergency Management said Storm Debbie is a “dangerous winter storm with some dangerous features”.
Speaking after a meeting of Ireland’s National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG), Keith Leonard said local authorities and response agencies were preparing for the storm over the weekend.
Mr Leonard advised people to stay away from coastal areas because conditions would be “very dangerous”.
He also explained that schools have been asked to postpone opening in parts of the country.
“With regard to balancing risks and ensuring public safety, all schools and kindergartens are asked to remain closed until 10am tomorrow in the orange and red zones.
“That’s currently 19 counties.”
“We advise people to keep an eye on the weather forecast for Met Eireann as those counties in red and orange could change in a short time,” Mr Leonard warned.
Leonard said people should expect long delays on public transportation and delays at ports and airports.
“Employers are being asked to have some flexibility regarding employees who have to travel to work tomorrow, and if working from home is an option, that will be the preferred option for people tomorrow in the affected counties,” he added.
Leonard said road users should be aware of “very dangerous and difficult conditions” on Monday.
He said there will be a large amount of fallen trees and other debris.
‘Very important message regarding keeping your phone charged. There will be a widespread power outage tomorrow, and your cell phone is your link to emergency services.
The UK Met Office issued a yellow warning for wind and rain for all of Northern Ireland on Monday.
She said that heavy rains and strong winds caused by Storm Debbie may cause unrest and flooding in parts of the region.
She advised people to be aware that homes and businesses may be flooded and there may be disruption to buses, rail and air travel.
The agency also warned of the potential for fast or deep flowing flood waters as well as flying debris that could cause a life risk
Power outages are also possible.
The advisory goes into effect at 3 a.m. Monday and is in effect until 2 p.m.
“Storm Debbie is expected to develop and move across Ireland and northern England on Monday,” the Met Office said in a statement.
“While there is still some uncertainty in the exact path and depth of this depression, there is a chance of very strong westerly winds developing along the Irish Sea coasts of Wales and northwest England on Monday morning before extending inland during the day, slowly retreating later.
“There is a chance of gusts of 60-65mph inland and 70-80mph around the coasts, and on some higher ground, such as the Pennines.”
The weather forecast added: “Injuries and danger to life due to flying debris are likely. Some damage to buildings is possible, such as tiles falling from roofs. Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, which could lead to increased journey times and possible cancellations.”
“Some roads and bridges may be closed. Power outages may occur, with the potential to impact other services, such as mobile phone coverage. Injuries and danger to life could occur as a result of large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.
This comes as cold weather has hit the United Kingdom in recent weeks, with temperatures falling below zero degrees Celsius in some parts of the country.
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