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Fresh weather warnings in place as wet and windy weekend continues

Storm Fergus will hit western areas of the UK on Sunday afternoon, the Met Office said.

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Fresh weather warnings have been issued as storm Fergus is set to sweep across the country.

The second named storm of the weekend will arrive in western areas later.

Homes and cars in Leitrim Village in Ireland were seriously damaged after a possible tornado hit the area.

Emergency services were called on Sunday afternoon after high winds flattened trees, ripped a roof off a building and left debris scattered on a street.

Swans swim on flood water as river levels along the Severn rise following heavy rain in Worcester
Swans swim on flood water as river levels along the Severn rise following heavy rain in Worcester (Jacob King/PA)

The warnings are in place until Sunday evening for Scotland, and into Monday morning for the North East.

Some 40 flood warnings for England have been issued by the Environment Agency and three by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.

Weather warnings for rain December 10-11 2023
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The bad weather could cause delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport and coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities may be affected by spray and large waves, the forecaster said.

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: “There will be some further spells of heavy rain, particularly in Wales and the north of England.

“In these areas the ground is already very saturated which makes flooding possible.

“There could be strong localised gales, especially in south Wales.”

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: “Storm Fergus will conclude what has been an unsettled weekend of weather for the UK.

“Fergus will bring some strong winds and heavy rain for a time late on Sunday and into the early hours of Monday morning.

“While the strongest gusts are expected in the Republic of Ireland, Storm Fergus will bring some windy conditions to western areas, including Irish Sea coasts, while also bringing some potentially impactful rain.

“The rain has potential to be disruptive in parts of northern England and parts of Scotland, especially where it’s falling on very saturated ground.”

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There were 53 flood warnings in place for England, issued by the Environment Agency, on Saturday.

Strong winds hit the south west of the Republic of Ireland on Sunday morning.

Storm Fergus will weaken as it moves to the east in the early hours of Monday morning, but the unsettled weather will likely continue from Tuesday.

A yellow warning for rain has been issued for eastern Scotland from Tuesday morning through to the early hours of Wednesday and will continue to be reviewed in the coming days, the Met Office said.

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