UK weather news: Latest forecast is Storm Barra brings snow

Cyclone Barra: People in Wales face winds of up to 70 mph and two days of disruption

Storm Barra will make landfall in the UK and Ireland with strong winds, heavy rain and snow expected to cause more chaos less than two weeks after Cyclone Arwen.

Weather warnings for snow, ice, rain and wind were issued by the Met Office as the storm arrived on Tuesday morning.

The National Weather Service said there was a “small chance” or risk to life from “big waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties”. Three people died in England in storm Arwen after being crushed by a fallen tree.

While the west of Ireland will suffer the worst of the storm, yellow wind warnings are in place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland with the possibility of travel disruption. There are also concerns about power cuts and damage to buildings.


Snow is expected to fall in northern England and Scotland

Updated weather maps show how snow and strong winds will move across northern England and into Scotland this afternoon.

Met Office graphics show the storm moving north from 12 noon this afternoon.

The snow weather warning goes into effect for northern England and Scotland at 11am and will last until midnight.

Chiara GiordanoDecember 7, 2021 12:00


Residents living in red and orange weather warning zones in Ireland urged not to travel

Police in Ireland have urged anyone living in an area affected by a red or orange weather warning to avoid unnecessary travel.

Cork, Kerry and Clare have all been issued red warnings, while orange-level warnings are in place for much of the east and west coasts.

The yellow warning is in place for the rest of the country from 2 a.m. Tuesday to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The Met Eireann said there was a high chance that the alert status of some counties could change from orange to red.

The Self-Defense Force is available to assist with emergency services, along with members of the Civil Defense.

Chiara GiordanoDecember 7, 2021 11:55


Up to 35,000 properties lost power as storm hit Ireland

Up to 35,000 homes and businesses are without electricity in Ireland as gusts of more than 130 kilometers per hour (80mph) are expected to hit parts of the country.

Hurricane Barra has caused flooding in southern parts of the country, particularly in parts of County Cork, after making landfall this morning.

Schools, colleges and arcades in some of the worst-affected areas were closed amid warnings that no part of the island would escape the storm’s effects.

Covid-19 vaccination and testing centers will also close in some parts of the country.

Chiara GiordanoDecember 7, 2021 11:44


Latest satellite images show storm Barra moving into UK

The satellite images in this graphic by the Irish Meteorological Service show Cyclone Barra moving towards the UK from Ireland throughout this morning.

The Met Éireann has warned the impact of “strong, damaging winds as well as heavy rain” from the storm will be felt in Ireland until tomorrow.

Chiara GiordanoDecember 7, 2021 11:32


Flooded houses as the storm approaches in Bantry

Fire crews in Bantry, West Cork, spent the morning dealing with floodwaters this morning after about 20 properties were partially flooded at 6 a.m. Southern star.

Images shared on Twitter by Bantry Fire Brigade show the extent of flooding in central Bantry town.

Chiara GiordanoDecember 7, 2021 11:11


Flood warning in place along England’s south coast

The Environment Agency has 5 flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected.

They are located along the south coast of England between Dorset and Hampshire, in Christchurch, Beaulieu, Fareham, and Langstone and Emsworth, and along the Essex coast at Fort Coalhouse.

More than 30 flood warnings are also in place, meaning flooding is possible.

Chiara GiordanoDecember 7, 2021 10:41


Northern Powergrid in ‘final push’ to restore power to last 500

More misery is expected for homeowners still without electricity after Storm Barra’s predecessor, Storm Arwen, left hundreds of households in the north-east of England without electricity.

Northern Powergrid said it was in a “final effort” to reconnect 500 customers who were still without power this morning.

The company raised its alert status ahead of Hurricane Barra, which it fears could hamper the progress of employees working in remote locations.

The company said it has put its first responders on standby “ready to respond if needed” as they monitor the storm’s progress.

Chiara GiordanoDecember 7, 2021 10:20


The business secretary was accused of ‘running away’ when thousands of people were helpless on the 11th night

Labour’s Ed Miliband has accused the business secretary of “running away” from questions in the House of Commons as hundreds prepare for an 11th night without power in the wake of Hurricane Arwen.

The shadow climate minister claims people in Scotland and northern England have been treated like “second class citizens”.

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Chiara GiordanoDecember 7, 2021 09:50


Sherkin Island hits 70mph wind record

Sherkin Island, off the West Cork coast, recorded gusts of up to 113 km/h (70mph) around 6am today, according to the Met Éireann.

Chiara GiordanoDecember 7, 2021 09:31


RNLI urges people to stay away from water’s edge during flood warnings

Wind gusts of up to 80mph are expected on the west and south coasts of England and Wales, accompanied by large waves that carry a “small chance” of risk to life from throwing beach material onto the beach, the seafront and the cottages, the Met Office has said.

The Royal National Rescue Institute (RNLI) has urged people to stay away from the water’s edge and call 999 for the coast guard in case of any emergency at the coast.

The Environment Agency has issued four flood warnings for England’s south coast, as well as 34 flood warnings.

Chiara GiordanoDecember 7, 2021 09:10 UK weather news: Latest forecast is Storm Barra brings snow


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