Batten down the hatches! Status orange Storm Eleanor arrives today

WEATHER WARNING Power cuts and mobile disruption expected as Storm Eleanor hits UK

It originally issued a yellow warning, but has now upgraded it to amber.

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

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Met Éireann predicted counties such as Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, South Galway, Clare, Limerick and Tipperary would be especially affected by the storm, which has been named Eleanor. West to southwest winds of mean speeds 65 to 80km/h, with damaging gusts of 110 to 130km/h.

"Local coastal flooding is also possible for parts of the north-east and north-west coast during Wednesday and Thursday".

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

Andy Page, the Met Office's chief forecaster, said: 'The unsettled theme continues throughout this week, with further spells of rain moving across the United Kingdom from the west as many return to work on Tuesday and there will again be some snow over the high ground in Scotland.

You'll be scrambling for your anoraks come Wednesday with torrential downpours likely to follow the windy start to the first week of 2018.

In addition to this they are also forecasting for a band of rain to pass through Cumbria this evening and into Wednesday morning, which has the potential for some river levels to reach Flood Alert thresholds. There'll be further showers for Friday but the signal for the weekend is for somewhat drier conditions for a time.

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