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Storm Agnes latest: Met Office issues new weather warning for torrential rain

The warning is set to kick in at 8pm on Thursday and remain in place until 2am on Friday morning.

Athena Stavrou
Friday 29 September 2023 05:56 BST
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Met Office issue a danger to life warning for Wednesday and Thursday as the UK braces for up to 80mph winds

The Met Office have issued a new weather warning for torrential rain this evening.

It comes as Storm Agnes arrived overnight with powerful 80mph gusts, leading to power outages, widespread flooding and the toppling of trees.

A yellow weather warning was issued by the forecaster on Thursday morning, just hours after the last weather warning for wind was removed at 7am. The new warning will affect areas in southern Wales including Cardiff, Newport and Swansea.

The warning is set to kick in at 8pm on Thursday and remain in place until 2am on Friday morning.

The Met Office say people should expect “difficult driving conditons and perhaps a few road closures”, as well as delays or cancellations to train and bus services.

Gusts of up to 70mph had already been recorded in south-west Ireland, with the storm hitting areas of northern England and Scotland on Wednesday.

In addition to the weather warning, there are currently 11 flood warnings and 20 flood alerts still in place across England, Scotland and Wales.

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Wales experiences 80mph gale force winds

Wind speeds of about 80mph have been recorded in the Welsh mountain village of Capel Curig.

Closer to the coastline, Aberdaron experienced winds reaching 65mph.

To the north, the Welsh government said there is a possibility of a complete closure of the Britannia Bridge, which connects the Isle of Anglesey to the rest of Wales, Sky News reported.

Across the Irish Sea, gusts of 60mph were recorded in Orlock Head, County Down, in Northern Ireland. Forecasters had predicted wind speeds reaching up to 80mph, with most of the hardest-hit areas in the UK expecting winds between 65 and 75mph.

Maroosha Muzaffar28 September 2023 04:07
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Woman trapped inside submerged car rescued

Over 30 firefighters saved the life of a woman trapped in a river in County Londonderry amidst the onslaught of Storm Agnes.

Responding swiftly to the emergency call, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service discovered a submerged car in the River Moyola, located in Draperstown, with the driver trapped inside.

Following a daring rescue operation, the woman was transported to Antrim Area Hospital, where she received essential treatment for hypothermia and shock, local media reported.

Maroosha Muzaffar28 September 2023 04:33
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Roof blown off as Storm Agnes makes landfall in Ireland

A roof was blown off a building onto street wiring in County Cork as Storm Agnes hit Ireland.

Footage shows the roof peeled off the building like the lid of a tin can, with firefighters looking on.

In Cork City a tree was blown over, blocking a road.

Storm Agnes has caused damage to buildings, power outages and travel disruption as heavy winds and rain lash the island of Ireland.

A threat to life warning has been issued in the UK as the storm moves across the Irish Sea.

Roof blown off as Storm Agnes makes landfall in Ireland

A roof was blown off a building onto street wiring in County Cork as Storm Agnes hit Ireland. Footage shows the roof peeled off the building like the lid of a tin can, with firefighters looking on. In Cork city a tree was blown over, blocking a road. Storm Agnes has caused damage to buildings, power outages and travel disruption as heavy winds and rain lash the island of Ireland. A threat to life warning has been issued in the UK as the storm moves across the Irish Sea.

Eleanor Noyce28 September 2023 05:00
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Lone sailor rescued after lifeboat battles gale-force winds

A lone sailor was rescued after a rescue crew embarked on a 22-mile journey through gale-force winds and four-metre swells to tow a yacht whose engine had lost power off the coast of Ireland.

The sailor found themselves stranded 10 miles from Clare Island as weather conditions worsened.

Facing these challenging circumstances, Clifden RNLI started navigating through “very difficult” sea conditions to safely guide the sailor and their 46ft yacht back to the harbour in Cleggan.

Thomas Davis, Clifden RNLI Coxswain commented: “The storm conditions and the extensive distance we covered today presented a formidable rescue challenge, but this is precisely the kind of situation we train for, and I’m gratified that we were able to bring this sailor back to safety.”

The rescue crew, consisting of five members, spent 10 hours at sea, with support from a second RNLI boat based on Achill Island.

Maroosha Muzaffar28 September 2023 05:01
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Power outages and widespread flooding as Storm Agnes strikes

Storm Agnes has struck the region with powerful 80mph gusts, leading to power outages, widespread flooding, and the toppling of trees.

In one Irish town, the force of the storm even tore the roof off a building.

Meteorologists are warning that the most severe impacts of the storm are still to arrive, with severe weather warnings remaining in effect across a significant portion of the UK.

Maroosha Muzaffar28 September 2023 05:17
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Met forecast for today

This morning, outbreaks of rain will gradually move northward and taper off, according to the Met Office.

Many regions will then experience drier and brighter conditions, although some areas may still have blustery winds. Later in the afternoon, cloud cover will increase from the west as a band of heavy rain approaches.

Tonight, a squally band of rain will move eastward across northern areas, followed by clearer conditions, the forecaster said.

Meanwhile, a broader area of rain will spread northeastward from the southwest.

On Friday, rain will quickly clear, giving way to sunny spells in the south. The rest of the day will feature a mix of sunshine and scattered showers, with the northwest experiencing the most frequent rainfall.

Northern areas will also remain windy during the day.

Maroosha Muzaffar28 September 2023 05:30
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Watch: Roof blown off as Storm Agnes makes landfall in Ireland

A roof was blown off a building onto street wiring in County Cork as Storm Agnes hit Ireland.

Footage shows the roof peeled off the building like the lid of a tin can, with firefighters looking on.

In Cork city a tree was blown over, blocking a road.

Storm Agnes has caused damage to buildings, power outages and travel disruption as heavy winds and rain lash the island of Ireland.

A threat to life warning has been issued in the UK as the storm moves across the Irish Sea.

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Roof blown off as Storm Agnes makes landfall in Ireland

A roof was blown off a building onto street wiring in County Cork as Storm Agnes hit Ireland. Footage shows the roof peeled off the building like the lid of a tin can, with firefighters looking on. In Cork city a tree was blown over, blocking a road. Storm Agnes has caused damage to buildings, power outages and travel disruption as heavy winds and rain lash the island of Ireland. A threat to life warning has been issued in the UK as the storm moves across the Irish Sea.

Maroosha Muzaffar28 September 2023 05:50
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Pair caught wading into sea while Storm Agnes batters Ireland’s coast

Two people were filmed wading into choppy seas in Ireland as Storm Agnes set in.

The video posted on Twitter/X shows the pair walking into the sea at Portmanock beach, around eight miles from the centre of Dublin.

Reports of flooded roads in Ireland were made this morning as the storm brought torrential rain.

A ‘danger to life’ warning has been put in place as the storm moves towards the UK.

Entering water during stormy weather is potentially dangerous and not advised.

Pair caught wading into sea while Storm Agnes batters Ireland’s coast

Two people were filmed wading into choppy seas in Ireland as Storm Agnes set in. The video posted on Twitter/X shows the pair walking into the sea at Portmanock beach, around eight miles from the centre of Dublin. Reports of flooded roads in Ireland were made this morning as the storm brought torrential rain. A ‘danger to life’ warning has been put in place as the storm moves towards the UK. Entering water during stormy weather is potentiaally dangerous and not advised.

Eleanor Noyce28 September 2023 06:00
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Huge waves pummel coast as Storm Agnes makes landfall in Ireland

Huge waves pummel coast as Storm Agnes makes landfall in Ireland
Maroosha Muzaffar28 September 2023 06:10
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Watch: Rough seas in Dublin Bay as Storm Agnes makes Ireland landfall

Rough seas in Dublin Bay as Storm Agnes makes Ireland landfall
Maroosha Muzaffar28 September 2023 06:30

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