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Storm Bronagh batters UK after Ali leaves trail of destruction

12:33 pm, 20th September 2018

A second intense low-pressure weather system, named by the Met Office as Storm Bronagh, will affect Wales and much of England during the next 24 hours.

Yellow ‘be aware’ warnings are in force for both wind and rain for the majority of the two countries, which is likely to bring disruption to travel with some structural damage and flying debris likely.

The Met Office has 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.

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 also brings the threat of flooding, is due to last the rest of the week and is caused by a jet stream from Canada, the Met Office said.

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.

“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.

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.

There is the chance of a third storm later this weekend, which is currently below storm-naming criteria but is set to bring heavy rain and potentially very windy weather to southern Britain.