Storm Debbie hits Ireland and the United Kingdom

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Ireland and parts of the UK will be hit by Storm Debbie on Monday. British and Irish Met Offices have warned of heavy rain and winds of up to 128 kilometers per hour along the coast.

Debbie is the fourth storm of the season and has formed in Ireland. On Sunday morning, Irish weather service Met Éireann named the storm Debbie. During the night before Monday, Debbie increased in strength: parts of Ireland have been under a red weather warning since Sunday evening, at its highest level.

According to Met Éireann, there is a risk of localized flooding, hazardous driving conditions and fallen trees. In some areas, 40 millimeters of rain could fall in six hours. Around 58,000 homes and businesses are without power in Ireland. Police have warned people to stay indoors and avoid unnecessary travel. Schools in areas under red weather warnings have been closed and flights to and from Dublin have been cancelled.

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Debbie will reach northern England and Wales on Monday morning. An orange weather warning is in place for south-east Northern Ireland and north-west England due to strong winds. A yellow warning is in place for parts of Northern Ireland, Northern England and Wales.

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The British Met Office warned of gusts of 96 to 104 kilometers per hour inland and 120 kilometers per hour along the coast. Wind can cause flying debris and high tides. Incessant rains can also lead to life-threatening floods.

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A weather warning has also been issued for rain in parts of north-east Scotland. The area was hit by Hurricane Bobbet last month, which flooded nearly six hundred homes. Storm Ciaran recently caused flooding, power outages and travel problems in the south of England. The Met Office expects Storm Debbie to enter the North Sea on Monday evening.

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