Storm Eleanor cuts power and floods streets amid warnings of gales

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     POWERFUL Strong gusts of 70mph are forecast to batter the UK next week

Carol Holt, the British Environment Agency's flood deputy manager, said that strong winds and large waves, combined with high tides, could trigger coastal flooding from Tuesday until Thursday.

The storm is expected to pass quickly through the emerald isle before hitting Britain, where winds can be expected to hit 80mph.

The warning is valid from 4pm today (Tuesday) until 10pm tonight.

Forecasters said there was a "small chance" of injuries and danger to life from waves and "beach material".

The Met Office says gusts of up to 80mph could hit the coast on Wednesday, as the tail end of Storm Eleanor sweeps across.

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At 6pm on Tuesday, Met Eireann warned of increasingly strong winds and gusts that are battering the country.

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The fifth named storm of the season is bringing a "very windy" spell to the United Kingdom through this evening, the night and into Wednesday morning, according to forecasters.

"The details of the forecast later this week and into the weekend are extremely uncertain at this stage, so my advice is to keep up to date with the latest forecasts as confidence will increase later in the week".

"With Storm Dylan continuing to disrupt the nation, we are offering just evens for the wind speed to reach as high as 100mph in mainland United Kingdom this week, while we are not ruling snowfall in London", added Hill.

"Drivers will need to take extra care and expect delays, even on motorways".

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