Storm Barra: MetDesk

Strong winds are set to spread from the west on Tuesday morning as deep low pressure comes in from the Atlantic.

Met Eireann has named it Storm Barra as it will affect the western side of Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to severely with gusts of wind more than a cat 5 hurricane in some places even cat 4! the low pressure centre will head west over the UK.

Western parts of England and Wales will have very strong gusts of wind in excess of 70mph for a time, Blackpool area and along the coast will be worst hit by this storm.

Manchester being further inland will suffer less than the west coast however will still up to 50mph gusts for much of Tuesday.

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From forecast maps we have seen this storm does not move away very fast, this will cause damage to buildings and some trees will come down.

With the wind some places will also see lots of snow although more likely over the hills, lots of rain will fall and it could mean rivers around Trafford will start to go on a flood watch depending on how much rain falls.

Frank Saunders is a Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office. He said: “Strong winds arriving across the west through Tuesday morning, will spread inland and reach eastern areas through the afternoon and early evening. Gusts of 45-50 mph are expected widely, with 60-70 mph in exposed coastal locations. The strongest winds will ease across inland areas into the overnight period.”

Updates on Storm Barra will be seen on our Weather page.