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Stormy weather to batter UK for the rest of the week after Ali damage



Storm Ali may have left the UK and Ireland – but most of the British Isles remains on storm alert as a barrage of strong winds and heavy rain moves in from the Atlantic.

Further stormy weather is forecast and Wales and much of England will bear the brunt of the downpours and gusts, with the Met Office issuing a yellow alert covering the majority of the two countries

It also warned of a “chance of injuries and danger to life” as high winds threaten to cut power, damage buildings, blow off roof tiles, fell trees and trigger large waves on the coasts.

Storm Ali overturns a lorry between J43 and J44 on the M6 in Cumbria
Storm Ali overturns a lorry between J43 and J44 on the M6 in Cumbria

Up to 10cm of rain is expected to fall across high ground in Wales and Cumbria, while winds of up to 65mph are set to batter much of the rest of England from 6pm on Thursday.

The unsettled weather, which brings the threat of flooding and further travel disruption, is due to last the rest of the week and is caused by a jet stream from Canada, the Met Office said.

Storm Ali brings extreme weather to the coast of Ireland


Storm Ali lashes Galway coast

Sky News weather presenter Isobel Lang said: “Heavy rain will become fairly extensive, bringing the risk of local flooding.

“Southern Ireland, Wales and North West England look most at risk.

“The rain will push further north during the afternoon, while the winds strengthen in the south with some very gusty, squally conditions in and around the downpours.

The scene in Claddaghduff, near Clifden in Co Galway where a woman died after her caravan was blown off a cliff in Storm Ali
A woman died after her caravan was blown off a cliff in Co Galway

“Gusts will be in the region of 50mph, perhaps nearer 60mph around exposed coasts, with a small chance of stronger winds across eastern England during tonight and the early hours of Friday.”

Two people were killed, tens of thousands of people were left without power and transport networks ground to a halt on Wednesday as Storm Ali brought winds of up to 102.2mph.

Motorists are urged to take care as Storm Ali batters the UK and Ireland. Pic: Garda, Co Offaly
Motorists were urged to take care as Storm Ali felled trees. Pic: Garda, Co Offaly

A Swiss tourist in her 50s died in Claddaghduff, Co Galway, on Ireland’s west coast when her caravan was blown off a cliff. She had only arrived in the area hours before she was killed.

A man, aged in his 20s, who was working on behalf of public utility Northern Ireland Water in Slieve Gullion Forest Park, in County Armagh, died after he was hit by a falling tree.

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