Weather warning issued as Storm Brian heads towards London

Following the destruction and devastation that ex-hurricane Ophelia caused to parts of Ireland and the United Kingdom, another storm is approaching in the coming days.

It is expected the powerful storm will bring winds in the region of 130kph at its peak but the worst of the weather will be experienced in the West, South West and the South East of the country.

"We're looking at gusts in excess of 50mph winds in the warning area but with gusts of up to 80mph on the coast".

Some coastal routes and communities are likely to be affected by large waves, with potential for flooding of properties.

Met Éireann's national weather advisory for the wind and rain remains at yellow level, warning of gusts of over 110km/h from Friday onwards.

Met Office forecaster Chris Page said: "It's a very deep area of low pressure and the system coming through on Friday and there are warnings in force".

Some transport disruption is likely across the warning area, with delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport.

Midland Weather Channel's Cathal Nolan says he is now working off two weather models to track the storm, the GFS charts and the Ocean Prediction Center (A United States government run organisation).

An expected fall of 24 millibars in 24 hours will give the system enough intensity to warrant the term "explosive cyclogenesis" or "weather bomb".

Latest models show the tempest hitting the southwest coast at around 9am on Saturday before ripping through the country during the day.

Weather Company forecaster Dave Reynolds said "Brian" could also cause blackouts.

But gusts of between 110kph to 130kph are forecast in coastal parts of Munster and coastal parts of Wexford, with the risk of coastal flooding - as "Storm Brian" tracks eastwards across central and southern parts of Ireland.

  • Jon Douglas