Expert lists 6 areas that will be hit by Storm Ciaran’s hurricane-force winds

The UK is set for yet another storm that’s predicted to batter Britain this week.

According to the Met Office’s weather tracker Storm Ciaran – which follows Storm Babet which wreaked havoc across the UK – it will feature up to 90mph gales and up to 60mm of rain when it hits later this week.

It has issued a number of weather warnings over the storm from today (Tuesday, October 31) until Friday.

And now a UK weather expert has warned not to become complacent with the warnings that have been issued by the Met Office, saying ignore them at your peril.

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There are yellow warnings in place for rain in Northern Ireland throughout the day today and tomorrow (Tuesday, October 31).

The Met Office has also issued yellow alerts for wind and rain across the South East and South West, South Wales and Northern Ireland tomorrow and further warnings for the North East England on Thursday and Friday.

Jim Dale, senior meteorologist at British Weather Services, had some strong words of advice for the storm.

He said: “We are still watching where the centre of this deep Atlantic low pressure system is going to go: the eye of Storm Ciaran. That will dictate who gets what.”

Mr Dale said that rain across Britain is likely to be heavy and universal – adding to what many areas have already endured with further flooding likely.

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He said: “As far as wind is concerned models are suggesting the low is going to go across the southern Midlands during Thursday daytime.

“Southern counties especially along the coast are in line for the strongest of the winds – with wind gusts predicted of up to 80mph to 90mph. Inland it’s more likely to be 50mph to 60mph.

“My best guess in terms of where is likely to receive the highest wind gusts is Devon, Cornwall, South Wales coastline and maybe Dorset and the Isle of Wight.

“That’s where I think the most severe winds are currently predicted to be.

“At the moment and it is at this moment – I would say essentially this is a 24 hour storm as it traverses from West to East.

“I have a ten point plan for dealing with storms such as this – the very first of those is to heed the warnings and not to ignore them.

“The warnings are out there for a very good reason. Ignore them then you’re a fool.

“Bottom line; don’t mess with Mother Nature. I think everyone has to become aware and plan accordingly from now on – and it won’t be over until it’s over, ready then for the next potential storm on Saturday.”

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