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Storm Barra leaves thousands of people without electricity in Ireland | UK weather

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More than 30,000 homes and businesses were without power in Ireland when Storm Barra made landfall, with winds forecast to reach 80 mph as it traverses east throughout the day.

Heavy rains and sleet were expected on Tuesday as Barra continued on her way from the Atlantic. Snow was already falling in the northwest of the country.

The national weather service, Met Éireann, said the storm, which was likely to reach the UK within hours, could be life-threatening over the next two days.

The UK was also prepared for 80 mph winds and heavy downpours when Barra made landfall, less than two weeks after Storm Arwen caused significant damage to parts of the country.

Power cuts have been reported in Cork, Kerry, Dublin and Limerick and residents of three counties on the west coast have advised to stay indoors.

Flooding in Cork and Kerry made several roads impassable due to water or fallen trees.

The storm coincided with high tide in Cork City, with floodwaters flowing through South Mall from the waterfront docks of Morrison’s Island.

A rare red weather alert was in place in counties Cork, Kerry and Clare, and orange wind warnings were issued for Limerick, Waterford, Galway, Mayo, Wexford, Dublin, Louth, Wicklow and Meath.

Schools in 12 counties subject to red and orange warnings have been asked to close, while Aer Lingus has canceled all flights to and from Cork, with some services being cut off in Dublin.

In the UK, the Environment Agency issued three flood warnings for the south coast of England, as well as 35 flood alerts.

Yellow snow warnings were in place in northern England and Scotland, with blizzards and snowfall of up to 20cm causing dangerous conditions on roads at higher elevations, the Met Office said.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said the gusts and impact of Storm Barra would be “a step below” compared to Arwen, resulting in widespread power outages on November 26, some of which had failed. not yet restored.

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A woman tries to avoid the spray, blown by wind and waves on Brighton promenade, as the UK braces for the onset of Storm Barra. Photograph: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

Heavy rains were forecast in Northern Ireland and the south-west of the UK with snowfall and blizzards becoming severe over the northern hills.

On Monday, with around 1,600 homes in the north-east of the UK still without power almost two weeks after Storm Arwen hit, Boris Johnson said he spoke to the managing director of Northern Powergrid and that ‘he had been “assured [customers] would be reconnected tomorrow at the latest ”.

That evening, the electricity supplier said it had reduced the number of affected homes and businesses to 700.

Ice was forecast overnight in parts of the UK before Barra arrived and the Met Office issued a yellow warning for potentially dangerous driving conditions in the west of Scotland and the north west from England.

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