Orange weather alert issued ahead of Storm Gareth

Wednesday, 13 Mar, 2019

Met Office weather warnings are in place across the United Kingdom as Storm Gareth, which is expected to bring travel disruption and power cuts, approaches.

There are now three separate severe weather warnings put in place for Tuesday, including heavy rain in the North West of England, where flooding is likely.

'Gusts of up to 50-55 miles per hour are likely inland and 65 miles per hour along western coasts.

"The temperature on Tuesday night could briefly dip to around 2/3C but then it looks like it will get warmer again as the week goes on".

A status Orange wind warning has been issued for north-western counties, as Storm Gareth approaches Ireland.

The deep area of low-pressure, which will cross to the north of the United Kingdom later on tonight and into Wednesday, has been named Storm Gareth.

Meanwhile out on the high seas around Britain, a tweet from HMS Sutherland showed the affects the storm was having.

Strong west to northwesterly winds are expected from Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday with possible transport disruption.

It's forecast to stay windy and rainy as we head into tonight, though winds will ease and showers will become more isolated overnight.

This comes after Storm Freya battered the Sussex coast recently.

A meteorological process called "explosive cyclogensis" caused the Atlantic storm to deepen rapidly into what some forecasters dub a "weather bomb".

Gusts could even reach 80mph along northern coasts, the Met Office said.