80mph Agnes aggro on way

Agnes, the first named storm of the season, will hit the UK and Ireland’s western regions tomorrow.

The most powerful winds are expected on the Irish Sea coasts.

Forecasters warn some places could have gusts of 80mph, with 50mph to 60mph wind in inland areas.

There will be heavy rain in Wales, Northern Ireland and northern England and possibly more than 2in falling in high parts of Scotland.

Stephen Dixon, of the Met Office, warned: “The west of Wales could see about 0.7in of rain and towards the South West a little bit less, but these showers could be fairly heavy in nature.

“Northern Ireland could have more than an inch of rainfall in a relatively short period of time.”

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Yellow weather warnings for rain were issued for parts of Scotland from 9pm tomorrow to 6am on Thursday.

A yellow warning for wind covers most of the UK, except the South East, between noon tomorrow and 7am on Thursday.

Forecasters have also warned of potential damage to buildings from strong winds, as well as possible power cuts and road and bridge closures.

Guy Barter, of the Royal horticultural Society, warned gardeners to trim back any branches that could be ripped off by storms.

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He said: “The trees and other garden vegetation have all got their leaves on at the moment.

“The weight of the rain and the battering of the winds might cause other things to fall over.

“So either cut things back or reinforce the staking. Make sure your greenhouses are sound, fix any fences and brace yourself for wind damage.”

Agnes is set to weaken later on Thursday as it moves further north. More settled weather is expected for the weekend.

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