Storm Diana to bring gale-force winds to Preston

Storm Diana to bring gale-force winds to Preston

The Met Office has this morning issued a severe weather warning for strong winds for Sheffield and South Yorkshire.

The Yellow Warning in force across Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside comes into force at around 3am on tomorrow (Thursday) and runs until around 3pm on the same day.

Severe rainfall will affect other parts of the United Kingdom, with the storm expected to bring between 60mm and 80mm of rain.

The national forecaster has already issued two Status Yellow warnings for rain and wind for much of the country for Monday night and Tuesday morning.

He added: "Storm Diana has been named by Portugal's IPMA as a result of impacts on the Azores".

"There could be some risks for high-sided vehicles on high roads, and people should be careful in coastal areas".

The second band of low pressure following in Diana's wake is forecast to slam into the United Kingdom on Thursday, bringing more wet and windy weather and "danger to life" tidal waves.

There have been high winds and heavy rain as Storm Diana hits Sussex, and the harsh weather conditions look set to continue.

"If this occurs, gusts of 70-80 miles per hour could be seen, mainly in exposed locations, bringing increased likelihood of more significant disruption".

Powerful winds topping 85 km/h will blast all of Ireland as well as Scotland, Wales, southeast England and northern England during the day on Wednesday.

He said: "As one warm weather front clears another one moves in, and this deep area of low pressure for Wednesday bringing very wet and very windy weather".

"The worst place is on the west coast".

"Rain and the strongest winds will gradually retreat to the North East".

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