Storm Debi weather maps show ‘damaging winds’ heading towards British Isles

Horrifying weather maps indicate that the people of the UK and Ireland should prepare accordingly, as Storm Debi is set to hit the country with dangerous winds of up to 80mph.

Following a misleading heatwave in early October, this latest storm marked the fourth time in just a matter of weeks that a weather front has been given a name.

With the dark nights officially here and Christmas just around the corner, Brits are having to deal with the cold and chill that comes with this time of year.

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The Channel Islands were recently hit by a tornado during Storm Ciaran, which generated the strongest recorded wind gusts in almost seventy years, reaching a peak of over 100mph.

Storm Debi, which has been named by Met Eireann – the Irish meteorological service, is currently travelling over the Atlantic, with yellow warnings being issued for Monday (November 13), due to predicted wind and rain.

Northern Ireland and Scotland are expected to be hit with torrential rain pour, while the north of England and Wales will experience devastating gales.

Ventusky, a weather-watching agency, has released a map indicating that the winds speed in Wales and the Irish capital of Dublin could hit 80mph. Furthermore, a WX Charts map shows winds in Manchester and the North East may reach 73.3 mph.

On November 12, the Met Office said: "An area of low pressure, which will affect the Republic of Ireland and parts of the UK, has been named by Met Éireann – the Irish met service – as Storm Debi. Storm Debi will bring very strong, potentially damaging winds, and heavy rain to the Republic of Ireland early tomorrow morning. The system will then bring impacts to parts of the UK."

The chief meteorologist at the Met Office, Jason Kelly, asserted: “Storm Debi will develop quickly and bring potentially very strong and damaging winds to parts of the Republic of Ireland, which is why Met Éireann has decided to name the system."

He continued: “The strongest winds are expected to affect parts of the Republic of Ireland early on Monday, possibly coinciding with the morning commute, before then affecting parts of north Wales and northern England into the afternoon. Whilst the very strongest winds will have eased somewhat before reaching the UK, we are still expecting some significant impacts, and a wind warning has been issued. Additionally, Debi will bring a period of heavy rain to Northern Ireland for which a combined wind and rain warning has been issued.”

Speaking after a meeting of Ireland’s National Emergency Co-ordination Group (NECG), Eoin Sherlock said the storm will then track north east.

He said: “We can expect some severe mean winds from 3am to 5am [on Monday] and also gusts. Gusts are probably going to be the main issue for Storm Debi later this evening and over tonight.”

Monday's yellow weather warning for severe winds between 4am until 6pm stressed: "Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible. Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, could happen. Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible."

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