Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

September 17, 2018 Flooding fear for Galway as Storm Helene approaches

September 17, 2018 Flooding fear for Galway as Storm Helene approaches

While Hurricane Florence pounds North Carolina, another tropical storm is on track to reach Britain on Monday.

The British Isles could face 70mph wind gusts and almost two inches of rain overnight as Storm Helene sweeps in.

Met Office forecasters have issued a severe weather warning for Monday, September 17 from 6pm until 12pm on Tuesday, September 18 as Storm Helene sweeps across the nation.

A yellow "be aware" alert for Storm Helene covered most of Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

The weather warning was extended to into northern England and the far southeast of Scotland yesterday, according to the Met Office.

"Please follow the metoffice & traffic scotland for more info".

A yellow warning remains in place but the storm is not thought to pose a risk to life.

"A spell of strong winds is expected, initially mainly in the far southwest of England and across western Wales".

"Winds are likely to gust into the 40s or low 50s miles per hour quite widely across the warning area".

There is also a chance that rail, air and ferry services may be affected in some areas, with longer journey times and cancellations possible.

"Winds associated with the storm are now expected to be strongest at sea and along the south and southeast coasts, with winds overland expected to be moderate to fresh, easterly in direction at first, then becoming cyclonic variable as the eye of the storm passes over".

Storm Helene is set to hit the United Kingdom on Monday, bringing gale-force winds which have forced the Met Office to issue a yellow weather warning.

Wind speeds in some places could hit 60mph but a spokesperson for the Norwich-based forecaster Weatherquest said gusts in parts of Norfolk may reach 45mph.

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