Wind and rain affecting the North West

The A487 in Machynlleth was closed this morning. Credit Alex Jones

The A487 in Machynlleth was closed this morning. Credit Alex Jones

Storm Ali is being followed by Storms Bronagh and Callum this week.

The United Kingdom has been battling a storm that left thousands of homes without power and killed at least two people.

Sheffield saw almost half a month's rain fall in 24 hours, and images posted on social media showed flooding on a number of roads and at the city's train station overnight. Met Éireann is already warning of storm conditions this weekend.

A danger to life warning has been issued as the second named storm of the season looks set to batter parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland with gusts of up to 70mph.

The names are picked from a preselected alphabetical list compiled by the Met Office and Met Eireann.

The Met Office has named the second storm of the season which will bring high winds and rain to the Harborough area.


GFS weather models continue to indicate that damaging winds are unlikely across Ireland this weekend from what could become #StormCallum, however the situation remains rather uncertain given the potential for rapid cyclogenesis.

Whether or not Storm Callum fully materializes, Ireland is due to receive more miserable weather on Sunday with rain, wind, and plummeting temperatures.

Almost 40 flood alerts have been issued across the country and there were individual warnings in place in Staffordshire, Chesterfield and South Yorkshire.

This yellow warning covers the entire region.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "During Sunday there is the potential for a deep area of low pressure to develop and track over the United Kingdom bringing both a spell of very strong winds and a swathe of persistent heavy rain".

Storm Bronagh is expected to develop across parts of Wales and south-west England over night before spreading further eastwards across England on Friday.

But generally, it will be a wet day across eastern and South East England.

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