Storm Isha: Dramatic weather change ahead with new storm namedon January 19, 2024 at 11:51 am

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Storm Isha will bring strong winds and rain from the weekend, with conditions also becoming less cold.

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A dramatic change of weather is in store from this weekend, with weather warnings for strong winds and a new storm named by the Met Office.

Storm Isha – the ninth named storm of the season – will bring heavy rain and strong winds following the ice and snow of the past week.

The strongest winds are expected on Sunday night and into Monday morning, with two amber warnings issued.

Conditions will also become milder, with Friday the last really cold day.

The Met Office is expecting gusts of up to 80 mph (129km/h) in the areas covered by its amber warnings, and says injuries and a danger to life are likely from large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and buildings.

The first warning is for much of southern Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England, west Wales and south-west England, in force from 18:00 Sunday to 09:00 on Monday.

Another for south-east England comes into place from midnight to 09:00 on Monday.

There is a good chance of power cuts, which could affect services such as mobile phone coverage, probable damage to buildings, and some roads and bridges are likely to close.

Longer journey times and cancellations are also likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected.

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