Debi is the name of another storm approaching the British Isles. It is expected to hit the west coast of Ireland before dawn on Monday and then move east. Meteorological services warn of strong winds and heavy rain.
Red alerts have been issued in central Ireland due to forecast strong winds, which will be in force on Monday between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. As explained by the National Meteorological Service, the highest level warning means “a threat to life, the possibility of power outages and unsafe conditions for driving”.
In the central-eastern and central-southern parts of the country and the entire Irish Sea from midnight to noon on Monday, orange warnings will be in force, and only for small areas of the north-west and south of the island the Irish meteorological institution Met Eireann has issued the lowest level alerts.
In turn, the British Met Office announced yellow warnings for Northern Ireland due to expected strong winds and downpours, and yellow warnings due to wind for north-west Wales and northern and parts of England. Additionally, rainfall alerts of the same level have been introduced in north-east Scotland. They will all apply from the early morning hours until the afternoon or evening on Monday.
Two weeks after the powerful hurricane
Storm Debi is approaching the British Isles less than two weeks after Hurricane Ciaran, which caused numerous floods and communication disruptions, but, unlike in continental Europe, did not cause any fatalities.
Debi is the earliest storm starting with the letter D, which will hit the British Isles since in 2015 these types of elements began to be named in alphabetical order. The earliest so far was Desmond in 2015, which struck on December 4. The storm season in Europe starts in early September.
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