Storm Gareth: Met Office issues yellow weather warning as UK is hit with 80mph wind and 'travel chaos'
12 March 2019, 09:05
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Tuesday and Wednesday as storm Gareth brings rain and wind to the UK
We may have been treated to a mini heatwave in February, but it appears winter hasn't quite finished with us yet - because Storm Gareth is about to hit the UK.
The Met Office has said the storm will start with Northern Ireland before spreading east to Southwest Scotland and much of England and Wales.
There has also been a warning of localised flooding in Cumbria.
The Met Office has now issued three yellow 'be aware' warnings for the next two days.
Storm Gareth is the third storm to be named this year, after Erik and February and Freya earlier this month, and cars have been crushed by scaffolding and a supermarket roof ripped off as strong wins battled the south on Sunday.
The first wins from the north-west are expected to hit Northern Ireland at about 3PM today, and then reach scotland at about 9PM. They are expected to spread to much of England and Wales on Wednesday.
The Met Office has warned of damage to buildings, flying debris, power cuts and travel disruption - with northern England particularly at risk.
Met Office chief meteorologist, Paul Gundersen, 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 (80 to 88kmh) are likely inland and up to 65mph (104kmh) along western coasts.
"Winds will gradually ease during the afternoon."