City Council on high alert ahead of Storm Georgina


Met Office yellow "be aware" warnings have been issued for high winds in the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Strathclyde, Tayside, the Highlands and Northern Ireland which are valid until 2pm on Wednesday.

Met Eireann says a "depression now named Storm Georgina" will be strongest felt in the north-west of the country.

The other weather warning is for all of Ireland, as southwest winds are expected to reach mean speeds of between 55 and 65 km/hr, gusting to 110 km/hr at times this evening and tonight.

The severe winds will abate tomorrow morning, Wednesday, and it will be a bright day with blustery showers.

The warning will be in place from midnight until 5am.

"There's a band of very heavy rain working its way across much of England and Wales at the moment that has moved its way across from Northern Ireland and Scotland overnight" Met Office forecaster Luke Miall said.

The forecaster warned of stormy weather issuing Status Yellow warnings for rain and wind by on Monday night but by Tuesday afternoon the strength of the storm was realised and upgraded.

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"So the strong and gusty south-west winds will continue today, but they have peaked now and they will ease somewhat in the morning, but it will remain a windy day".

Met Eireann have said that the showers will merge tonight to bring longer spells of rain.

The powerful weather could see temperatures drop around five degrees as it passes over the UK.

Rainfall totals of 25 to 35mm are expected.

"The heaviest rain is looking likely to fall late in the night and first thing in the morning".

The windy and some rain is on the cards for Sunday.