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

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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  • Met Office say storm will ‘rapidly intensify’ over the next day

  • Which regions will Storm Agnes affect?

  • List of yellow warnings in place

  • Weather warnings activated as Storm Agnes arrives in Ireland

Met Office issues fresh weather warning

Thursday 28 September 2023 12:16 , Athena Stavrou

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

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 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.

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

UK weather forecast today

Wednesday 27 September 2023 06:30 , Stuti Mishra

The Met Office is predicting an initially dry and bright start to the day as Storm Agnes is set to arrive from the west by the afternoon.

The storm will bring heavy rain and strong winds, prompting yellow weather warnings in large parts of the UK.

The north is set to be battered by rain while a warning for heavy gusts of wind covers Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales as well as the south-west of England, the West Midlands and most of the north of England.

The forecaster said disruptions like flooding and some localised damage are likely.

However, the southeast will escape the worst and may remain relatively drier, with lighter winds. Temperatures there are expected to be above normal for this time of year.

The rain and strong wind is forecast to stay overnight, especially across the north, as Storm Agnes continues to moves northeastwards.

The south will begin to turn drier with winds easing.

On Thursday the storm will start to diminish, the forecaster says. The day will start largely dry with possibilities of some bright spells. However, heavy showers will arrive from the west in the late afternoon and evening as another yellow warning is in place for the north.

Western coasts will continue to feel breezy.

Storm tracker: When will Storm Agnes reach UK and what will be its path?

Wednesday 27 September 2023 07:00 , Stuti Mishra

Storm Agnes will start impacting the UK this afternoon as it crosses through the northwest and then northern regions.

“The storm centre itself remains over the Atlantic and will continue approaching and cross the UK through Wednesday afternoon and will move away Wednesday night into Thursday,” Oli Claydon, a spokesperson for Met Office, said.

“In terms of most impacted areas, we’re looking at the Irish Sea coasts, so south-eastern parts of Northern Ireland, west and north-western coasts of Wales, and the north-western coast of England.”

The storm could cause power cuts, blow tiles from roofs and disrupt railways and roads, the Met Office warned on its website.

Mr Claydon also said the storm could knock over trees and disrupt the Irish Sea ferry network.

Here is the path of the storm:

Storm Agnes path from Wednesday to Thursday (Met Office)
Storm Agnes path from Wednesday to Thursday (Met Office)

Storm Agnes to cause 'dangerous conditions' on coasts around UK and Ireland

Wednesday 27 September 2023 07:30 , Stuti Mishra

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has said that Storm Agnes was likely to cause dangerous conditions on the coasts around the UK and Ireland as heavy rain and winds are set to lash both countries.

“The RNLI advises staying a safe distance away from the water and cliff edges as the conditions could knock you off your feet or wash you into the sea. It is not worth risking your life," Sam Hughes, an RNLI water safety partner, said.

“If you see someone else in danger in the water, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard. If you have something that floats that they can hold on to, throw it to them. Don’t go in the water yourself – you may end up in difficulty too.”

Storm Agnes to bring 75mph winds to the UK today

Wednesday 27 September 2023 08:27 , Athena Stavrou

As Storm Agnes is set to arrive to the UK today Britain is bracing for 75mph winds and torrential rain.

Three yellow warnings have been issued for Wednesday so far, including two for rain and one for wind, with one remaining in place until Thursday morning. A danger to life warning was also issued by the forecaster for Wednesday and Thursday.

Last night, the Met Office said the storm was ‘intensifying quickly’ as it made it’s way over the Atlantic Ocean towards the UK.

The Met Office warned that some coastal areas are due to see winds of over 75 mph, while places inland will may experience gusts of up to 60mph. They say that these are most likely during the second half of Wednesday afternoon and through the evening.

People in Scotland will also see heavy rain in ‘many parts’ of the country, with flood alerts and warnings being “issued as necessary”.

Strong winds and heavy rain are set to batter the UK (Jacob King/PA) (PA Wire)
Strong winds and heavy rain are set to batter the UK (Jacob King/PA) (PA Wire)

Highway officials says to ‘adjust driving’ as Storm Agnes looms

Wednesday 27 September 2023 09:00 , Athena Stavrou

A spokesperson at National Highways has warned British drivers to “adjust” their driving behaviour ahead of Storm Agnes.

Steve Basterfield, national network manager at National Highways, said: “With the stormy weather being forecast, it is important to plan ahead for your journey, and if weather conditions become challenging, adjust your driving behaviour and take extra care.

“We have a section of our website dedicated to travelling amid storms, high winds and gales, and considerations for different types of vehicle, as part of our guide to travelling in severe weather. It’s also a good idea for people to check their vehicles, such as tyres, coolant and oil levels, before heading out to reduce the risk of breakdowns.”

“Adjust your driving behaviour”, says highway manager (PA)
“Adjust your driving behaviour”, says highway manager (PA)

Met Office warns of winds 'quickly strengthening’ in today’s forecast

Wednesday 27 September 2023 09:30 , Athena Stavrou

The Met Office have warned of “winds quickly strengthening’ in today’s morning forecast.

In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter: “A calm start to Wednesday morning with any mist and low cloud soon lifting giving bright or sunny skies for many.

“Winds quickly strengthening in the west as #StormAgnes approaches bringing bands of rain, turning heaviest and most persistent across Northern Ireland.”

Agnes ‘expected’ to bring travel disruption

Wednesday 27 September 2023 10:00 , Athena Stavrou

A spokesperson for Transport Scotland said it is ‘expected’ that Agnes will bring some ‘disruption to the transport network’.

It comes as the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind across the UK today and say transpoty disruption is ‘likely’.

Stein Connelly from Transport Scotland said: “Storm Agnes is the first storm of the year and it’s expected to bring some disruption to the transport network, so we’d ask people who are looking to travel to plan their journeys ahead of time.

“The conditions could also lead to disruption on other modes of transport, so if you’re planning to travel by train, ferry or air, you should check with your operator to see if your service is affected.”

Disruption on the transport network is ‘expected’ (Getty Images)
Disruption on the transport network is ‘expected’ (Getty Images)

Weather warnings activated as Storm Agnes arrives in Ireland

Wednesday 27 September 2023 10:15 , Athena Stavrou

Weather warnings have been activated as Storm Agnes arrives in Ireland.

Strong winds were reported in County Cork at 9am, with the storm expected to arrive in Northern Ireland at lunchtime. In the Republic of Ireland a status orange wind warning is in place in several counties and both Met Eireann and the Met Office have warned of the possibility of disruption to travel.

A status yellow warning for rain is also in place across large areas in Ireland. In Northern Ireland a yellow warning for rain is in place until 8pm on Wednesday, with a yellow warning for high winds.

The storm, which is the first named storm of the season, is forecast to bring strong and disruptive winds until Thursday morning.

The Met Office has warned this could lead to an increased risk of flooding as the storm continues to push north and east.

Storm Agnes caught on camera arriving in Ireland

Wednesday 27 September 2023 10:30 , Athena Stavrou

As Storm Agnes arrives on the south coast of Ireland, people have taken to social media to post footage of the extreme weather.

One video, filmed in Clonakilty Bay, shows extreme wind accompanied by heavy rain arrive at the Irish shore.

When and where will Agnes hit across the UK?

Wednesday 27 September 2023 10:50 , Athena Stavrou

As Storm Agnes arrives in Ireland, it’s predicted path across the UK shows when and where 75mph winds are due to hit.

The first weather warnings have been issued in Britain from 12pm onwards until 7am on Thursday. By 1pm, two weather warnings for rain and another for wind will have come into place in north-western England.

Graphics from the Met Office’s weather tracker at 3pm shows heavy rain moving throughout northern England, with Newcastle, Dumfries and Darlington facing disruptions and flooding.

By 4pm, the rain is predicted to have moced to south-eastern Scotland, with 4-8mm of rain expected to fall near Glasgow.

Storm Agnes can be seen approaching Northern Ireland at 10.30am (Met Office)
Storm Agnes can be seen approaching Northern Ireland at 10.30am (Met Office)
By 1pm, the north-west coast of England will see heavy rainfall with a yellow weather warning coming into force at midday (Met Office)
By 1pm, the north-west coast of England will see heavy rainfall with a yellow weather warning coming into force at midday (Met Office)
Rain and strong winds will remain in Scotland from 5pm onwards this evening (Met Office)
Rain and strong winds will remain in Scotland from 5pm onwards this evening (Met Office)

Ireland reports torrential rain as Agnes arrives

Wednesday 27 September 2023 11:10 , Athena Stavrou

People in Ireland have reported torrential rain as Storm Agnes arrives this morning.

Strong winds were reported in County Cork at 9am, with the storm expected to arrive in Northern Ireland at lunchtime. In the Republic of Ireland a status orange wind warning is now in place in several counties. A status yellow warning for rain is also in place across large areas in Ireland.

People in County Cork took to social media this morning to post footage of the extreme weather.

Met Office update weather warnings as Agnes arrives

Wednesday 27 September 2023 11:15 , Athena Stavrou

The Met Office has updated their weather warnings as the ‘confidence’ in Agnes’ projected path grows.

There are now four yellow weather warnings in place across the UK, including one for wind covering the majority of the UK and three for rain, one being for Northern Ireland and the other two for Scotland.

The update on Wednesday morning reduced the southeastern extent of the wind warning across England and also trimmed out parts of northwest Scotland.

Met Office updated weather warnings for Storm Agnes (The Met Office)
Met Office updated weather warnings for Storm Agnes (The Met Office)

First UK weather warning comes into place as Agnes arrives

Wednesday 27 September 2023 11:25 , Athena Stavrou

The UK’s first weather warning has been activated as Storm Agnes arrives in Britain.

A yellow weather warning for rain has been activated in Northern Ireland as the first named storm of the season arrives.

A second yellow weather warning for wind is due to activate across the majority of the UK at midday and is set to last until Thursday morning. Two more yellow weather warnings for rain in Scotland have also been put in place by the Met Office and are due to begin at 3pm.

Strong winds were reported in County Cork at 9am, with the storm expected to arrive in Northern Ireland at lunchtime. In the Republic of Ireland a status orange wind warning is now in place in several counties. A status yellow warning for rain is also in place across large areas in Ireland.

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Floods reported in Cork as extreme weather begins

Wednesday 27 September 2023 11:40 , Athena Stavrou

Reports of flooded roads in Ireland have been made as Storm Agnes sweeps over the country on it’s way to the UK.

A local safety alert organisation reported flooded roads in the area and said they look to be “impassable”

Strong winds were reported in County Cork at 9am, with the storm expected to arrive in Northern Ireland at lunchtime. In the Republic of Ireland a status orange wind warning is now in place in several counties. A status yellow warning for rain is also in place across large areas in Ireland.

‘Danger to life’ warning activated in Britain

Wednesday 27 September 2023 12:00 , Athena Stavrou

A ‘danger to life’ weather warning has been activated across large areas of the UK.

A yellow weather warning came into effect at midday for a vast majority of Britain including Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, northern and southwestern parts of England.

The warnings are in place as Storm Agnes, the first named storm of the season, sweeps across the UK bringing 75mph winds and torrential rain.

The Met Office warn that ‘injuries and danger to life’ are possible as a result of the extreme weather. They also warn that power cuts are likely to occur and travel disruption is likely.

Some coastal areas are due to see winds of over 75 mph, while places inland will may experience gusts of up to 60mph. They say that these are most likely during the second half of Wednesday afternoon and through the evening.

Three other yellow weather warnings for rain have been issued by the Met Office for Wednesday. These include one for Northern Ireland, which came into effect at 11am, and two for Scotland which are due to activate at 3pm.

The Met Office warn that ‘injuries and danger to life’ are possible as a result of the extreme weather (PA)
The Met Office warn that ‘injuries and danger to life’ are possible as a result of the extreme weather (PA)

Roof flies off building amidst 75mph winds

Wednesday 27 September 2023 12:24 , Athena Stavrou

Footage of a roof flying off a building has been shared as Storm Agnes arrives from across the Atlantic.

The video, filmed in Cork, Ireland on Wednesday morning shows a roof torn from a building as a result of extreme winds.

A ‘danger to life’ warning is currently in place across the UK, with the Met Office warning that “some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, could happen”.

The forecasters also warned that injuries are possible as a result of ‘flying debris’.

Strong winds were reported in County Cork at 9am. In the Republic of Ireland a status orange wind warning is now in place in several counties. A status yellow warning for rain is also in place across large areas in Ireland.

Flights rescheduled as Agnes takes the UK by storm

Wednesday 27 September 2023 12:45 , Athena Stavrou

A helicopter company has had to ‘reschedule’ their flights due to Storm Agnes.

Penzance Helicopters Travel, a helicopter company based in Penzance, Cornwall, wrote on social media platform X: “Good morning, we have re-scheduled our flights today due to Storm Agnes, all passengers have been offered a move to a different day which most have taken but we still have some flights scheduled later today which may or may not operate depending on what the storm brings!”

According to the Met Office, Storm Agnes is set to bring 75mph winds to some coastal areas in the UK.

Storm Agnes ‘seen from space’

Wednesday 27 September 2023 13:05 , Athena Stavrou

Storm Agnes can be ‘seen from space’, says the Met Office.

As a ‘danger to life’ warning is issed across the UK, satellite images of Storm Agnes have captured the clouds from space.

In a post on social media platfrom X, the Met Office wrote: “The swirl of cloud associated with Storm Agnes can be seen from space.

“Gusts of 65-70 mph have already been recorded in southwest Ireland. Strong winds are expected to affect much of the UK as the storm tracks northeastwards this afternoon.”

North West warns of possible disruption to electricity supply

Wednesday 27 September 2023 13:19 , Eleanor Noyce

As Storm Agnes sweeps the UK, Electricity North West has warned of possible disruption to electricity supplies across the region.

Blackburn with Darwen Council has urged customers that engineers are closely monitoring the situation, sharing advice on how to prepare for an outage.

County Cork Ferry battles on through Storm Agnes

Wednesday 27 September 2023 13:35 , Eleanor Noyce

Amidst adverse weather conditions, the Cobh Ferry in County Cork, Ireland has been pictured continuing to transport passengers.

Strong winds were reported in County Cork at 9am, and both Met Eireann and the Met Office have warned of the possibility of disruption to travel.

In the Republic of Ireland a status orange wind warning is in place in several counties.

A status yellow warning for rain is also in place across large areas.

Manx passenger ferries cancelled across Wednesday

Wednesday 27 September 2023 13:56 , Eleanor Noyce

All ferry sailings to and from the Isle of Man have been cancelled following unexpected gales across the Irish Sea.

The Maxman sailings between Douglas and Heysham Port in Lancashire have been pulled, as have the Manannan’s return trip to Liverpool and crossings by the Ben-my-Chree.

Waves crash across Poolbeg

Wednesday 27 September 2023 14:14 , Eleanor Noyce

Waves have been pictured crashing across Poolbeg, an artificial peninsula extending from Ringsend, Dublin, into Dublin Bay.

Storm Agnes, which is the first named storm of the season, is forecast to bring strong and disruptive winds until Thursday morning.

Both Met Eireann and the Met Office have warned of the possibility of disruption to travel, with a status orange wind warning in place in several counties across the Republic of Ireland.

Ofgem issues warning over power cuts and gas leaks

Wednesday 27 September 2023 14:40 , Eleanor Noyce

Ofgem has issued a warning to customers over potential disruptions to electricity supply.

“Bad weather is on the way with yellow warnings in place for most of the UK especially the North”, the energy regulator warned on X.

“Save these emergency numbers on your phone in case of a disruption to your energy supply

“Powercut? Call 105

“Smell gas? Call 0800 111 999.”

Storm Agnes tracker: When and where 80mph winds will hit over next 24 hours

Wednesday 27 September 2023 15:00 , Eleanor Noyce

As Storm Agnes hits the UK, weather warnings have been announced across the country with winds of 75mph expected this afternoon.

The Met Office has said that the first named storm of the season will “rapidly intensify”, with a danger to life warning issued by the forecaster from Wednesday until Thursday.

While initially a bright and dry morning, Storm Agnes is set to arrive from the west by the afternoon, bringing heavy rain and strong winds that could cause flooding and distruption to travel services.

Holly Evans reports:

Storm Agnes tracker: When and where 80mph winds will hit over next 24 hours

In pictures: Storm Agnes lands in Ireland

Wednesday 27 September 2023 15:21 , Eleanor Noyce

Cars have been pictured driving through floodwaters, waves crashing onto promenades and roofs blown off buildings as Storm Agnes sweeps Ireland.

Both Met Eireann and the Met Office have warned of the possibility of disruption to travel, with a status orange wind warning in place in several counties.

A status yellow warning for rain is also in place across large areas.

A car driving through floodwater in Cork (PA)
A car driving through floodwater in Cork (PA)
People walk along the Clontarf promenade, Dublin, as Storm Agnes lands (PA)
People walk along the Clontarf promenade, Dublin, as Storm Agnes lands (PA)
The scene in Youghal, Co Cork, where a roof has been blown from a building (PA)
The scene in Youghal, Co Cork, where a roof has been blown from a building (PA)
Cars pass waves crashing over a wall into the road in Youghal, Co Cork (PA)
Cars pass waves crashing over a wall into the road in Youghal, Co Cork (PA)

‘Worst conditions still to come’ as Storm Agnes hits UK

Wednesday 27 September 2023 15:44 , Eleanor Noyce

Forecasters have warned the “worst conditions are still to come”, with Storm Agnes set to make landfall in the UK after battering the south of Ireland with gale force winds.

Agnes, the first named storm of the season, has triggered a series of Met Office yellow weather warnings for wind and rain, with forecasts of damaging winds and big stormy seas.

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

Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said: “This evening’s rush hour could be quite tricky” in some north and north-western areas of the UK, as it is expected to coincide with expected periods of strong wind and rain.

He added: “Some of the worst conditions are still to come. The rain warnings are out to cover through the evening and the wind warnings are into the overnight period.

“We are looking at high gusts developing.”

A van driving through floodwater in Cork (PA)
A van driving through floodwater in Cork (PA)

RNLI advises staying a ‘safe distance’ away from water and cliff edges

Wednesday 27 September 2023 16:01 , Eleanor Noyce

The storm is likely to cause “dangerous conditions” on the coasts around the UK and Ireland, according to The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

They advised staying a “safe distance” away from the water and cliff edges.

Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre Commander Bev Allen said: “The first few storms of the autumn and winter are always a little frightening for us, as people are still in summer mode, the power of the waves can take them by surprise.

“We would encourage people to stay away from the water’s edge in stormy weather - it’s not worth risking your life for that selfie. Keep off groynes, piers, jetties and harbour walls. If you can feel the spray, you’re too close.”

On the weather from Thursday, Mr Petagna said: “The weather will stay unsettled for the next few days but we are not expecting it to be as impactful.”

Cork Airport experiences delays and cancellations as Storm Agnes wreaks havoc on transport

Wednesday 27 September 2023 16:19 , Eleanor Noyce

Cork Airport has experienced some delays and cancellations amidst Storm Agnes, and a spokesperson from Belfast City Airport said disruption to schedules across the UK due to the weather is “likely.”

Meanwhile, Dublin Airport said it is operating normally, but had received a number of flights that had been diverted from Kerry Airport.

In a statement, Irish Ferries said disruption to schedules may be experienced due to adverse weather conditions over the coming days, with passengers advised to check schedules.

Fallen trees are being reported across the island, with the roof being blown off a building in Youghal, Co Cork.

Kerry County Council said it has crews dealing with fallen trees and branches at a number of locations.

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Met Office releases latest satellite images of Storm Agnes’ movements

Wednesday 27 September 2023 16:35 , Eleanor Noyce

As Storm Agnes sweeps the UK, the Met Office has released the latest satellite images of its movements.

“#StormAgnes continues to track northeast through this afternoon, bringing strong winds and heavy rain to northern and western parts of the UK”, it stated via X.

Storm Agnes causing heavy traffic - Waze Live Traffic Data

Wednesday 27 September 2023 16:50 , Eleanor Noyce

As the evening rush hour beckons, Storm Agnes is causing heavy traffic across the UK, data from navigation app Waze shows.

The UK roads will be taking the brunt of the weather, strong winds, obstructions and heightened congestion, experts from the app advised.

“Several regions across Ireland have been hit with strong winds driven by Storm Agnes, with further stormy weather and high-speed winds expected”, a spokesperson for Waze said.

“This is causing significant congestion for drivers in Cork, with the Waze Live Map showing bumper to bumper traffic on the R610 Parnell Pl and speeds as low as 4mph. Heavy traffic can also be seen on Anglesea Street, with reported speeds of 6mph.”

“With strong winds expected over the next two days, be sure to check the Waze Live Map or Waze app for the latest real-time updates on road closures, weather hazards, accidents, and more, ensuring those making essential journeys are informed before the set off.”

A fallen tree on Thornleigh Road in Swords, Dublin, as Storm Agnes continues (PA)
A fallen tree on Thornleigh Road in Swords, Dublin, as Storm Agnes continues (PA)

Surfers make the most of the large waves before Agnes hits

Wednesday 27 September 2023 17:00 , Athena Stavrou

Surfers on the Welsh south coast were spotted making the most of the high waves ahead of Storm Agnes.

The beach-goers were seen on Tuesday afternoon after the Met Office warned the extreme weather will bring ‘large waves’ to UK coasts.

Weather warnings are due to come into place at midday today (PA)
Weather warnings are due to come into place at midday today (PA)
The Met Office have warned of “winds quickly strengthening’ in today’s morning forecast. (PA)
The Met Office have warned of “winds quickly strengthening’ in today’s morning forecast. (PA)
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has said that Storm Agnes was likely to cause dangerous conditions UK coasts (PA)
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has said that Storm Agnes was likely to cause dangerous conditions UK coasts (PA)

Pair caught wading into sea while Storm Agnes batters Republic of Ireland coast

Wednesday 27 September 2023 17:10 , Eleanor Noyce

A pair of swimmers have been caught wading into the sea whilst Storm Agnes batters the Republic of Ireland’s coast.

Storm Agnes, the first named storm of the season, is forecast to bring strong and disruptive winds until Thursday morning.

Fallen trees are being reported across the island, with the roof being blown off a building in Youghal, Co Cork.

Watch:

Northern Ireland’s Department for Infrastructure urges caution from drivers

Wednesday 27 September 2023 17:27 , Eleanor Noyce

In Northern Ireland the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has urged caution from road users in the heavy wind and rain, and warned that strike action may affect the department’s ability to deal with any damage caused.

In a statement the DfI said: “Ongoing industrial action by members of the Unite and GMB unions until midnight on Wednesday September 27 may disrupt the Department’s initial response to any potential storm clear-up operation and other essential services which are routinely delivered by DfI staff on the road network.”

Impacted services include response and clear-up operations when there are incidents on the road such as unexpected debris, response to calls to the flood incident line and response to flood emergencies.

NI Electricity has warned that power cuts are possible, and ESB networks are showing power faults in a number of counties including Cork, Wexford and Tipperary.

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Huge waves pummel coast as Storm Agnes makes landfall in Ireland

Wednesday 27 September 2023 17:46 , Eleanor Noyce

Huge waves have been captured pummelling the coast as Storm Agnes makes landfall in Ireland.

In a statement, Irish Ferries said disruption to schedules may be experienced due to adverse weather conditions over the coming days, with passengers advised to check schedules.

Fallen trees are being reported across the island, with the roof being blown off a building in Youghal, County Cork.

Elsewhere, Kerry County Council said it has crews dealing with fallen trees and branches at a number of locations.

Met Office warns of ‘tricky’ driving conditions as Storm Agnes continues to sweep UK

Wednesday 27 September 2023 18:00 , Eleanor Noyce

The Met Office has warned of “tricky” driving conditions as Storm Agnes continues to sweep the UK.

“Storm Agnes will continue to bring very wet and windy weather to many parts of the UK this evening with various weather warnings for wind and rain in force”, a Met Office spokesperson told The Independent.

“Some particularly tricky driving conditions are likely across Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of Northern England where some of the worst of the weather is expected.

“Irish Sea coastal areas will also have notably gusty winds. Overnight the wind and rain will slowly begin to ease.”

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Flight undergoes bumpy landing into Manchester Airport

Wednesday 27 September 2023 18:21 , Eleanor Noyce

A flight has been pictured undergoing a bumpy landing into Manchester Airport as Storm Agnes continues to heat up.

Elsewhere, Cork Airport has experienced some delays and cancellations, and a spokesperson from Belfast City airport said disruption to schedules across the UK due to the weather is “likely.”

The strongest winds are expected to hit Northern Ireland, southwest Scotland, west and northwest Wales, Cumbria and Lancashire, where the Met Office warned some places inland could experience winds of up to 60 mph, reaching 75 mph over hills and around coastal areas.

How does the Met Office choose storm names?

Wednesday 27 September 2023 18:40 , Eleanor Noyce

The Met Office names its storms when they are set to have a medium or high impact on the UK in order to help it communicate with the public in times of severe weather, announcing a list of storm names at the start of the new season in September.

These are compiled jointly by the UK’s Met Office, Irish meteorologists at Met Éireann and the Dutch forecasters at KNMI.

The Met Office welcomes suggestions from the public, who have been invited to submit names for future storms since 2015.

The institution says it usually receives thousands of suggestions throughout the year, which it uses to come up with the list of future storm names, along with suggestions from the Irish and Dutch weather services.

It makes sure to choose “some of the more popular names and names that reflect the diversity of the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands”.

The list starts with A and runs through the alphabet, alternating between traditional male and female names. However, there are no storm names starting with Q, U, X, Y and Z. This is to maintain consistency with the US, which does not use these letters to name storms either.

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Fire fighters tackle fallen tree in Dublin

Wednesday 27 September 2023 19:00 , Eleanor Noyce

A fire station in Dublin has dealt with a downed tree as forecasters have warned that the “worst conditions are still to come.”

Agnes, the first named storm of the season, has triggered a series of Met Office yellow weather warnings for wind and rain, with forecasts of damaging winds and big stormy seas.

Kilbarrack fire station deal with a downed tree in Dublin (PA)
Kilbarrack fire station deal with a downed tree in Dublin (PA)
Storm Agnes is set to make landfall in the UK after battering the south of Ireland with gale force winds (PA)
Storm Agnes is set to make landfall in the UK after battering the south of Ireland with gale force winds (PA)

Storm Agnes tracker: When and where 80mph winds will hit over next 24 hours

Wednesday 27 September 2023 19:30 , Eleanor Noyce

As Storm Agnes hits the UK, weather warnings have been announced across the country with winds of 75mph expected this afternoon.

The Met Office has said that the first named storm of the season will “rapidly intensify”, with a danger to life warning issued by the forecaster from Wednesday until Thursday.

While initially a bright and dry morning, Storm Agnes is set to arrive from the west by the afternoon, bringing heavy rain and strong winds that could cause flooding and distruption to travel services.

Holly Evans has more:

Storm Agnes tracker: When and where 80mph winds will hit over next 24 hours

Rocky landings pictured at Dublin Airport

Wednesday 27 September 2023 20:18 , Eleanor Noyce

Rocky landings have been pictured at Dublin Airport as Storm Agnes has swept the UK and Ireland.

However, the airport said it is operating normally but had received a number of flights that had been diverted from Kerry Airport.

Cork Airport has experienced some delays and cancellations, and a spokesperson from Belfast City Airport said disruption to schedules across the UK due to the weather is “likely”.

Storm Agnes causes damage to buildings and floods roads across Ireland

Wednesday 27 September 2023 20:43 , Eleanor Noyce

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

A roof has been blown off a building in Co Cork and a woman had to be rescued from her car in Co Londonderry as a result of flooding.

The Republic and Northern Ireland saw travel disruption, with fallen trees blocking roads and flights and ferries also being affected.

In Draperstown, Co Derry, a woman was rescued from her car after it was trapped by floodwater.

When fire crews from Maghera and Magherafelt arrived at the scene, the car was submerged in the River Moyola.

A firefighter broke a rear window of the car and brought the driver out onto the roof. They walked over a ladder to safety shortly before the car was fully submerged in the river.

The Northern Ireland Fire Service (NIFRS) has advised motorists not to attempt to drive through flooded roads or fords during the storm, and not to travel in heavy rain unless absolutely necessary.

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Golf courses close across Northern Ireland

Wednesday 27 September 2023 21:15 , Eleanor Noyce

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council announced the closure of a range of outdoor facilities including Antrim Castle Grounds, Crumlin Glen, the golf course at Ballyearl Arts & Leisure Centre and the golf course at Allen Park.

In Northern Ireland, a yellow warning for rain is in place until 8pm on Wednesday, with a yellow warning for high winds.

The Met Office has warned this could lead to an increased risk of flooding as the storm continues to push north and east.

ICYMI: Flights rescheduled as Agnes takes the UK by storm

Wednesday 27 September 2023 22:00 , Eleanor Noyce

A helicopter company has had to ‘reschedule’ their flights due to Storm Agnes.

Penzance Helicopters Travel, a helicopter company based in Penzance, Cornwall, wrote on social media platform X: “Good morning, we have re-scheduled our flights today due to Storm Agnes, all passengers have been offered a move to a different day which most have taken but we still have some flights scheduled later today which may or may not operate depending on what the storm brings!”

According to the Met Office, Storm Agnes is set to bring 75mph winds to some coastal areas in the UK.

Storm Agnes tracker: When and where 80mph winds will hit over next 24 hours

Wednesday 27 September 2023 23:00 , Eleanor Noyce

As Storm Agnes hits the UK, weather warnings have been announced across the country with winds of 75mph expected.

The Met Office has said that the first named storm of the season will “rapidly intensify”, with a danger to life warning issued by the forecaster from Wednesday until Thursday.

While initially a bright and dry morning, Storm Agnes is set to arrive from the west by the afternoon, bringing heavy rain and strong winds that could cause flooding and disruption to travel services.

Holly Evans has more:

Storm Agnes tracker: When and where 80mph winds will hit over next 24 hours

Storm Agnes causing heavy traffic - Waze Live Traffic Data

Thursday 28 September 2023 00:01 , Eleanor Noyce

As the evening rush hour beckons, Storm Agnes is causing heavy traffic across the UK, data from navigation app Waze shows.

The UK roads will be taking the brunt of the weather, strong winds, obstructions and heightened congestion, experts from the app advised.

“Several regions across Ireland have been hit with strong winds driven by Storm Agnes, with further stormy weather and high-speed winds expected”, a spokesperson for Waze said.

“This is causing significant congestion for drivers in Cork, with the Waze Live Map showing bumper to bumper traffic on the R610 Parnell Pl and speeds as low as 4mph. Heavy traffic can also be seen on Anglesea Street, with reported speeds of 6mph.”

“With strong winds expected over the next two days, be sure to check the Waze Live Map or Waze app for the latest real-time updates on road closures, weather hazards, accidents, and more, ensuring those making essential journeys are informed before the set off.”

RNLI advises staying a ‘safe distance’ away from water and cliff edges

Thursday 28 September 2023 01:00 , Eleanor Noyce

The storm is likely to cause “dangerous conditions” on the coasts around the UK and Ireland, according to The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

They advised staying a “safe distance” away from the water and cliff edges.

Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre Commander Bev Allen said: “The first few storms of the autumn and winter are always a little frightening for us, as people are still in summer mode, the power of the waves can take them by surprise.

“We would encourage people to stay away from the water’s edge in stormy weather - it’s not worth risking your life for that selfie. Keep off groynes, piers, jetties and harbour walls. If you can feel the spray, you’re too close.”

On the weather from Thursday, Mr Petagna said: “The weather will stay unsettled for the next few days but we are not expecting it to be as impactful.”

How does the Met Office choose storm names?

Thursday 28 September 2023 02:00 , Eleanor Noyce

The Met Office names its storms when they are set to have a medium or high impact on the UK in order to help it communicate with the public in times of severe weather, announcing a list of storm names at the start of the new season in September.

These are compiled jointly by the UK’s Met Office, Irish meteorologists at Met Éireann and the Dutch forecasters at KNMI.

The Met Office welcomes suggestions from the public, who have been invited to submit names for future storms since 2015.

The institution says it usually receives thousands of suggestions throughout the year, which it uses to come up with the list of future storm names, along with suggestions from the Irish and Dutch weather services.

It makes sure to choose “some of the more popular names and names that reflect the diversity of the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands”.

The list starts with A and runs through the alphabet, alternating between traditional male and female names. However, there are no storm names starting with Q, U, X, Y and Z. This is to maintain consistency with the US, which does not use these letters to name storms either.

Highway officials says to ‘adjust driving’ as Storm Agnes continues

Thursday 28 September 2023 03:00 , Eleanor Noyce

A spokesperson at National Highways has warned British drivers to “adjust” their driving behaviour whilst Storm Agnes ensues.

Steve Basterfield, national network manager at National Highways, said: “With the stormy weather being forecast, it is important to plan ahead for your journey, and if weather conditions become challenging, adjust your driving behaviour and take extra care.

“We have a section of our website dedicated to travelling amid storms, high winds and gales, and considerations for different types of vehicle, as part of our guide to travelling in severe weather. It’s also a good idea for people to check their vehicles, such as tyres, coolant and oil levels, before heading out to reduce the risk of breakdowns.”

ICYMI: Cork Airport experiences delays and cancellations as Storm Agnes wreaks havoc on transport

Thursday 28 September 2023 04:00 , Eleanor Noyce

Cork Airport has experienced some delays and cancellations amidst Storm Agnes, and a spokesperson from Belfast City Airport said disruption to schedules across the UK due to the weather is “likely.”

Meanwhile, Dublin Airport said it is operating normally, but had received a number of flights that had been diverted from Kerry Airport.

In a statement, Irish Ferries said disruption to schedules may be experienced due to adverse weather conditions over the coming days, with passengers advised to check schedules.

Fallen trees are being reported across the island, with the roof being blown off a building in Youghal, Co Cork.

Kerry County Council said it has crews dealing with fallen trees and branches at a number of locations.

Wales experiences 80mph gale force winds

Thursday 28 September 2023 04:07 , Maroosha Muzaffar

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.

Woman trapped inside submerged car rescued

Thursday 28 September 2023 04:33 , Maroosha Muzaffar

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.

Roof blown off as Storm Agnes makes landfall in Ireland

Thursday 28 September 2023 05:00 , Eleanor Noyce

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

Lone sailor rescued after lifeboat battles gale-force winds

Thursday 28 September 2023 05:01 , Maroosha Muzaffar

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.

Power outages and widespread flooding as Storm Agnes strikes

Thursday 28 September 2023 05:17 , Maroosha Muzaffar

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.

Met forecast for today

Thursday 28 September 2023 05:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

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.

Watch: Roof blown off as Storm Agnes makes landfall in Ireland

Thursday 28 September 2023 05:50 , Maroosha Muzaffar

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.

Watch here:

Roof blown off as Storm Agnes makes landfall in Ireland

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

Thursday 28 September 2023 06:00 , Eleanor Noyce

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

Huge waves pummel coast as Storm Agnes makes landfall in Ireland

Thursday 28 September 2023 06:10 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Watch: Rough seas in Dublin Bay as Storm Agnes makes Ireland landfall

Thursday 28 September 2023 06:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Storm Agnes tracker: When and where 80mph winds will hit over next 24 hours

Thursday 28 September 2023 06:50 , Maroosha Muzaffar

As Storm Agnes hits the UK, weather warnings have been announced across the country with winds of 75mph expected this afternoon.

The Met Office has said that the first named storm of the season will “rapidly intensify”, with a danger to life warning issued by the forecaster from Wednesday until Thursday.

While initially a bright and dry morning, Storm Agnes is set to arrive from the west by the afternoon, bringing heavy rain and strong winds that could cause flooding and and distruption to travel services.

Storm Agnes tracker: When and where 80mph winds will hit over next 24 hours

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

Thursday 28 September 2023 07:10 , Maroosha Muzaffar

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

Planes unable to land amid strong winds

Thursday 28 September 2023 08:01 , Athena Stavrou

An easyJet plane was unable to land in Belfast on Wednesday afternoon during Storm Agnes.

As the plane came into Belfast City Airport, it was forced to abort landing due to strong winds and diverted back to Glasgow.

The airline said they were ultimately. forced to cancel the flight as the forecast was not set to improve.

The airline told the Belfast Telegraph: “The safety and wellbeing of customers and crew is always easyJet’s highest priority. While this was outside of our control, we would like to apologise to passengers for any inconvenience caused as a result of the weather.”

easyjet said that they did “everything possible” to minimise disruption (Gareth Fuller/PA) (PA Archive)
easyjet said that they did “everything possible” to minimise disruption (Gareth Fuller/PA) (PA Archive)

Britain wakes up to strong winds as Agnes hits the UK

Thursday 28 September 2023 07:53 , Athena Stavrou

As weather warnings subside following Storm Agnes’ arrival in the UK, Britons are still waking up to ‘strong winds’ this morning.

On Wednesday evening, winds drummed up to a high of 75mph in one Welsh village, with other areas experiencing speeds of 68mph.

This morning, the Met Office warned that despite Storm Agnes “clearing away” to the northeat, people will still see strong winds across the north and west on Thursday morning.

People walk along Scarborough sea front during Storm Agnes (PA)
People walk along Scarborough sea front during Storm Agnes (PA)

Power cuts for hundreds of UK homes

Thursday 28 September 2023 08:20 , Athena Stavrou

Hundreds of properties in the south west of England were left without power yesterday amid strong winds and torrential rain.

Around 135 properties on the Isles of Scilly experienced power outages for just under four hours earlier on Wednesday, according to National Grid.

An additional 530 properties around Jacobstow in north Cornwall were also without power, while in Devon around 50 properties were affected around Westward Ho!, the BBC reports.

Over 100 properties on the Isles of Scilly experienced power outages on Wednesday (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Over 100 properties on the Isles of Scilly experienced power outages on Wednesday (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Today’s forecast

Thursday 28 September 2023 08:40 , Athena Stavrou

As Britain was battered by Storm Agnes on Wednesday night, here’s a look at today’s forecast, according to the Met Office:

This Morning

Outbreaks of rain clearing to the north during the morning.

Many areas beocming largely dry and bright.

Blustery for some.

This Afternoon

Clouding over from the west during the afternoon.

A band of rain will begin to push in from the West.

Tonight:

Rain pushing east across northern areas.

Another band of rain will cross the southwest and spread northeast overnight.

Trees blow over amid extreme wind speeds

Thursday 28 September 2023 09:00 , Athena Stavrou

Trees were blown over during extreme wind speeds that Storm Agnes brought across the Atlantic on Wednesday.

A fallen tree was pictured in Dublin, Ireland yesterday, when the storm arrived in the morning when wind gusts reached speeds of 54mph. Emergency services were called to the scene to deal with the downed tree.

When Hurricane Lee and Nigel hit the UK last week, a woman was “seriously injured” in London when a tree fell on her.

No casualties have been reported in relation to the fallen tree in Dublin yesterday.

A fallen tree on Thornleigh Road in Swords, Dublin. (PA)
A fallen tree on Thornleigh Road in Swords, Dublin. (PA)
Wind gusts reached speeds of 54mph in the area (PA)
Wind gusts reached speeds of 54mph in the area (PA)

‘Danger to life’ warning lifted across the UK

Thursday 28 September 2023 09:51 , Athena Stavrou

The Met Office has lifted all weather warnings put in place across the UK.

Yesterday, four yellow weather warnings were put in place including one for wind stretching across Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, as well as the south-west of England, the West Midlands and most of the north of England.

Britons were issued a ‘danger to life’ warning as a result of the wind, which reached 79mph in some areas and blew roofs off of buildings.

Three warnings for rain, two in Scotland and one in Northern Ireland, were also triggered.

As of 7am this morning, all weather warnings were lifted by the Met Office as the extreme weather brought by the storm eases off.

As it happened: Storm Agnes from above

Thursday 28 September 2023 10:28 , Athena Stavrou

A satellite camera has shown the exact path Storm Agnes took as it crossed the UK last night, bringing 79mph wind and torrential rain.

Will the sun come out in time for the weekend?

Thursday 28 September 2023 11:00 , Athena Stavrou

Storm Agnes wrecked havoc on Britain last night just one week after Hurricane Nigel and Lee brought torrential rain and strong winds.

As the storm gradually makes it’s way out of the UK, Britain is set to experience a mixed weekend of both sunny spells and patches of rain.

On Friday, rain is due to clear to sunny spells across the south, with a day of both sunny spells and showers elsewhere.

The Met Office have predicted a “fine and dry” start for many on Saturday, but say this will soon turn cloudy for the west.

Sunday is set to bring rain pushing east, with a rainy day also due on Monday.

On Friday, rain is due to clear to sunny spells across the south, with a day of both sunny spells and showers elsewhere. (Reuters)
On Friday, rain is due to clear to sunny spells across the south, with a day of both sunny spells and showers elsewhere. (Reuters)

String of flood warnings in place across Britain

Thursday 28 September 2023 13:10 , Athena Stavrou

A string of flood warnings and alerts are still in place despite Storm Agnes moving away from the UK.

Across England and Scotland there are currently 11 flood warnings still in place, with one being in the Lake District and ten others spanning Scotland’s Western Isles, Dundee, Tayside and Whitesands in Dumfries.

In addition to the flood warnings, there are also 20 less severe flood alerts currently in place across England, Scotland and Wales.

Seven of these alerts are placed across England including the Lake District in Cumbria, Wye Estuary in Gloucestershire, the North Devon coast, Poole Harbour in Dorset and Mersey Estuary in Warrington.

There are ten alerts active in Scotland, spanning the entirety of the south in addition to the Western Isles. In Wales, three alerts are active for the West Anglesey, Carmarthenshire and Lleyn Peninsula and Cardigan Bay coastlines.

What’s the difference between a flood warning and a flood alert?

Thursday 28 September 2023 13:45 , Athena Stavrou

With a string of flood warnings and alerts active across the UK, here’s a guide to help you understand what the Environment Agency’s codes mean.

Flood Warning

Flood warnings mean flooding is expected in the area and immediate action is required. They are used 30 minutes to an hour in advance of the flooding and are triggered by high tides coupled with strong winds, heavy rainfall causing flash flooding of rivers and forecast flooding from rivers.

Impact expected in these areas include flooding of homes and businesses, rail infrastructure and roads. They could also mean large waves on the coast and flooding of recreational attractions.

Flood warnings mean flooding is expected in the area and immediate action is required (PA Archive)
Flood warnings mean flooding is expected in the area and immediate action is required (PA Archive)

Flood Alerts

Flood warnings mean flooding is possible in the area and that people should be prepared. They are used two hours to two days in advance of flooding and are triggered by forecasts indicating river flooding is possible, forecasts of intense rainfall or high tides, surges and strong winds.

Impact expected in these areas include the flooding of fields, recreation land and car parks, minor roads and flooding of farmland.

Latest forecast

Thursday 28 September 2023 14:20 , Athena Stavrou

Here’s the latest forecast from the Met Office:

Agnes brings highs of 84mph winds to the UK

Thursday 28 September 2023 15:59 , Athena Stavrou

Wind speeds reached 84mph in some areas of the UK yesterday as Storm Agnes knocked trees over and blew roofs off buildings.

The Met Office has shared the official extremes that Storm Agnes brought to Britain on Wednesday.

The area most affected by winds was Capel Curig in northern Wales, which was battered by 84mph gusts. Other spots hit by the worst winds included Aberdaron in northern Wales and Shap in Cumbria, which saw 68mph amd 66mph winds respectively.

The UK saw wind speeds of 84mph on Wednesday (PA Wire)
The UK saw wind speeds of 84mph on Wednesday (PA Wire)

Over 50mm of rain fallen in some areas

Thursday 28 September 2023 17:00 , Athena Stavrou

The Met Office has shared the areas that saw the most rainfall as Storm Agnes travelled across the UK.

The area most affected by rainfall was Honister Pass in Cumbria, which had 52.2mm of rain lash down.

Mickledon and Seathwaite, also both in Cumbria also saw extreme downpours, with 52mm and 47.6mm falling respectively.

Over 50mm of rain downpoured over some areas of the UK on Wednesday (PA Wire)
Over 50mm of rain downpoured over some areas of the UK on Wednesday (PA Wire)

Storm Agnes: In pictures

Thursday 28 September 2023 18:00 , Athena Stavrou

As Storm Agnes clears the north-west of Britain, here are the best pictures of the extreme weather:

Waves hitting the rocks in Dublin, Ireland (Sryan Bruen/PA)
Waves hitting the rocks in Dublin, Ireland (Sryan Bruen/PA)
Storm clouds gather over Liverpool and the river Mersey (Getty Images)
Storm clouds gather over Liverpool and the river Mersey (Getty Images)
A fallen tree on Thornleigh Road in Swords, Dublin (PA)
A fallen tree on Thornleigh Road in Swords, Dublin (PA)
People walk along the sea front in Scarborough, North Yorkshire (PA)
People walk along the sea front in Scarborough, North Yorkshire (PA)