Nearly 600 homes in north Cornwall and north Devon are without power as Storm Agnes hits the UK. The storm, which is the first named storm of the season, has brought strong winds and heavy rain, resulting in a series of weather warnings issued by the Met Office. Gusts of up to 70mph have already been recorded in south-west Ireland, with the storm expected to move across northern England and Scotland.
Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna warned that the worst conditions are still to come, with rain and wind warnings in place. High gusts are expected to develop throughout the evening and overnight period. Gusts of 53mph have already been reported in the Isles of Scilly, and winds are picking up in Cornwall and Wales.
The Coastguard has urged people to take the weather warnings seriously and stay safe, as storm Agnes is expected to bring winds of up to 80mph to the British coastline.
In Ireland, the storm has caused damage to buildings, power outages, and travel disruption. In Co Cork, a roof was blown off a building, and a woman had to be rescued from her car in Co Londonderry due to flooding.
While London and the southeast have largely escaped the worst of the storm, with some bright weather reported, the rest of the country is bracing for impact. The Met Office has issued wind and rain warnings for various regions in Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and parts of England, with gusts of 45-55mph expected inland and up to 60mph over hills and coasts.
What is the status of Storm Agnes in the UK?
Storm Agnes has hit the UK, bringing strong winds and heavy rain. Nearly 600 homes are without power in north Cornwall and north Devon.
What kind of weather warnings have been issued?
The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for wind and rain in various parts of the UK. The warnings include gusts of up to 80mph along the British coastline.
What kind of damage has the storm caused so far?
The storm has caused damage to buildings, power outages, and travel disruption in Ireland. In Co Cork, a roof was blown off a building, and a woman had to be rescued from her car in Co Londonderry due to flooding.
How long will the storm last?
The storm is expected to continue throughout the evening and overnight period, with the strongest gusts occurring in the second half of Wednesday afternoon and through the evening.