UK weather alert: RED WARNING issued - ‘very dangerous’ Storm Brendan to strike IMMINENTLY

The UK faces winds exceeding 70mph today as Storm Brendan is set to tear through the nation. Severe weather warnings are in place across Britain, with one forecaster warning a red warning - the highest on the warning scale, used to indicate severe weather - could be announced this afternoon. Met Eireann’s head of forecasting Evelyn Cusack warned there will be “several hours of very dangerous weather” today, and said that things will “liven up considerably during the morning”.

Met Eireann, Ireland’s national meteorological service, has warned that Storm Brendan “may reach stronger levels than orange” today.

It comes as the Met Office issued yellow warnings for wind across England, Wales and Scotland.

Met Eireann issued orange alerts, as gusts have already hit 70mph.

Speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland, meteorologist Joanna Donnelly said: “We have Storm Brendan bringing extreme winds across the country today.

“We have a status orange warning as you should know by now in operation for all areas.

“And a status red for marine areas so there will be coastal flooding and I believe some roads are closed.”

She added: “Now the winds may reach stronger levels than those orange levels for limited periods of time and at local levels as the heavy and convective line of rain goes through.

“We expect that line of rain to arrive on western coasts at 11pm and it should reach eastern coasts by 1pm.

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Meanwhile the Met Office has warned the UK can also expect strong gusts of wind throughout Monday, particularly across the West coast.

Met Office meteorologist Frank Saunders said: “It’s going to be windy across the western half of the UK, with gusts reaching 60-70mph along Irish Sea coastlines, the west of Scotland and perhaps some English Channel coasts - maybe even 80mph in a few exposed places.”

This is likely to cause travel disruption on the roads and rail networks, as well as potential power cuts.

The storm has been caused by a strong jet stream created by extreme temperature differences across North America.

The jet is set to barrel across the UK this week, which will bring the low pressure systems towards the country.

People were affected by strong winds and heavy rain over the weekend as the oncoming storm battered parts of Scotland.

This prompted all schools and nurseries to be shut as a precaution in the Western Isles of Scotland today, where the council has warned bus services are also likely to be cancelled.

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