Storm Gareth SHOCK charts: How Storm Gareth will affect YOU - hour by hour wind maps

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings or rain across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland are in force for today and tomorrow. The warnings started just after midnight on Tuesday and should last throughout the day. But the wind warnings will remain in place as Northern Ireland will feel a blast at about 3pm this afternoon.

There is also a yellow warning for all of England and Wales and some parts of Scotland from 9pm tonight. 

The weather warnings will remain in force until Wednesday.

Once the rain clears, Gareth is predicted to bring strong winds, which could damage buildings, cause power cuts and lead to travel problems.

Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen warned wind speeds could reach up to 65mph in some parts.

He said: "The strong north-westerly winds will also affect south-west Scotland late on Tuesday, spreading across much of England and Wales through Wednesday.

"Gusts of 50 to 55mph are likely inland and up to 65mph along western coasts. Winds will gradually ease during the afternoon."

Winds could even reach 80mph along coasts in Northern Ireland, the Met Office said.

Gusts this strong are regarded as hurricane strength winds if they reach more than 74mph. 

Drivers are being advised to keep safe on the roads following the adverse weather. 

Highways England said it was dealing with severe flooding on the northbound entry slip road to Charnock Richard services off the M6 in Lancashire.

A lane was also closed on the M6 southbound near junction 33, at Hampson Green in Lancashire, due to a flood.

The Environment Agency added staff had been working overnight in Cumbria and Lancashire to monitor rain and river levels.

The agency said on Twitter: "We've been out throughout the night clearing grids and removing debris in Cumbria and Lancs to reduce flood risk during Storm Gareth. 

"Rain is falling on already wet catchments, therefore it's important that people do remain vigilant, be prepared & know your risk."

Where did Storm Gareth come from?

The storm was named on Monday by Met Eireann, the Irish weather service.

This is the third named storm of the year in the UK, after Storm Erik and Freya earlier in February.

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