Met Office warns Storm Brian is set to arrive this weekend

 
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Storm Brian comes just days after Ophelia hit the UK and Ireland (Source: Getty)

The Met Office has advised that an intense low-pressure system that is forecast to affect southern Britain on Saturday has been named as Storm Brian by Met Éireann, and warned that the weather poses a potential risk to travellers over the weekend.

The Met Office has already issued a yellow warning for wind on Saturday, and said the strongest winds in coastal areas, gusting up to 70mph, are expected to coincide with high tides, leading to potentially dangerous conditions for local coastal communities.

The Met Office said its Irish partner took the decision earlier today to issue an Orange warning for some parts of Ireland on Saturday because of expected impacts across the Irish Republic.

Under the collaboration between the Met Office and Met Éireann a storm is named when it has the potential to cause an amber/orange or red warning.

Storm Brian comes just days after ex-Hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland and, to a lesser extent, the UK. Three people died in the Republic of Ireland as a result of the extreme weather, and many schools and businesses were shut for two days.

Chief Forecaster Dan Suri said: "Storm Brian is expected to bring strong winds to southern and western areas early on Saturday morning. The first and most significant land-based impacts will be in the southwest of Ireland, hence the Amber warning from Met Éireann. At the moment, we don’t expect the same level of impacts for the UK.

"As we go through Saturday morning and early afternoon the strong southwesterly winds affecting the South West will transfer east and slowly change direction as they will become westerly towards the end of the warning period.

"Gusts exceeding 50 mph are expected widely within the warning area, with gusts of around 70 mph along exposed coastal areas. These are expected to coincide with high tides, leading to locally dangerous conditions in coastal parts."

With the storm expected to bring strong gusts during Saturday, the Met Office said there is "the obvious potential of risk to travellers".

RAC spokesman Pete Williams said: "Drivers encountering high winds are advised to reduce their speed, ensure they hold the steering wheel firmly and be prepared for sudden gusts, debris and even fallen branches in the road. Allow plenty of room between your vehicle and the next and take extra care when overtaking cyclists, motorcyclists and lorries as they are susceptible to being blown around easily by side winds. Be extra cautious when driving on exposed roads, high ground and across bridges where again sudden gusts can blow you off course.

"When you reach your destination consider parking safely avoiding trees, overhanging telephone wires and things which could represent a falling danger."

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