Here we go again! Carol Kirkwood warns Storm Franklin to bring MORE damaging winds to UK

Storm Franklin: BBC's Carol Kirkwood warns of damaging winds

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The Met Office has issued an amber warning for wind which could cause a “risk to life” in Northern Ireland until 7am, while a milder yellow wind warning covers England, Wales, and south-western Scotland from midday until 1pm. Environment agencies have issued hundreds of alerts for flooding across the UK, including two rare “severe” warnings where rainfall could also pose a “danger to life” for communities along the River Mersey in Greater Manchester. Ms Kirkwood said: “Look at the size of it. You can see behind a lot of isobars before a ridge comes in and settles things down.

“Today we’re looking at strong winds through the course of this morning up to lunchtime across England and Wales.

“We could have gusts of 50mph to 60mph inland and 70mph along the coast.

“These are damaging and disruptive gusts and then it slowly eases as we go into the course of the afternoon.

“The afternoon will be quite different from the morning and we’ll also see some sunny spells.”

She added: “This morning we also have some hill snow and some rain crossing England and Wales sneaking south and weakening.

“The wind will be the feature and I stress again 50mph to 60mph inland gusts.

“If you consider the damage done from Storm Eunice and Storm Dudley – there will still be some branches that can come down.

“There will still be some disruption and of course, there’s the risk of flooding as well.”

Weather: Amber storm warning issued in Northern Ireland

This comes after huge waves were seen crashing onto coastal areas, homes were destroyed by strong winds, and emergency services deployed flood defences along swelling riverbanks on Sunday.

The River Don burst its banks in the Sprotbrough area of Doncaster in South Yorkshire on Sunday night, and police have warned people to stay away from dangerous “fast-flowing” water.

South Yorkshire Police said: “We ask people to remain away from the area of Sprotbrough Falls and Sprotbrough Lock in Doncaster after the River Don burst its banks in this location earlier this evening.

“Many of the footpaths in this area are presently underwater.

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“The water is fast-flowing and poses a risk to people attempting to wade through it.

“Members of the public are being asked to remain away from the area at this time for their own safety. Thank you.”

The River Severn has also been threatening to burst its banks, with water creeping towards homes in Ironbridge, Shropshire, and emergency teams have erected flood barriers along some sections of the waterway.

In Derby, firefighters from three locations were called to Wilson Street at 4.15pm after a roof blew off a terraced house, causing damage to five other properties.

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