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Storm Barra: Rain, snow and 80mph winds forecast to batter UK amid ‘danger to life’ weather warning

Storm Barra is barrelling across Ireland and into the UK this morning, bringing strong winds, heavy rain and snow, with the Met Office warning of a small chance of a “danger to life” in some parts due to the conditions.

Parts of west and southern Ireland are on red alert, and there are yellow warnings for wind in place across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Yellow snow warnings cover southern and western Scotland.

Live updates as Storm Barra sweeps across UK

Hundreds of people are still living without power in the wake of Storm Arwen, which knocked out electricity supplies to more than one million households 10 days ago – and Barra could bring even more disruption.

Northern Powergrid said it was in “the final push” to reconnect those affected.

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Red warnings in Ireland

Southern parts of the country have already been flooded, especially in parts of Co Cork.

Up to 35,000 homes and businesses are without power.

A red warning for wind is in place for Cork, Kerry and Clare, meaning the storm could pose a “threat to life”, while an orange warning is in effect for much of the east and west coast.

Irish police are urging the public to avoid unnecessary travel.

Wind speeds of 97.5mph were recorded at the Fastnet Lighthouse off the Cork coast earlier this morning, with gusts of more than 80mph expected in parts of the country.

Yellow wind warnings for most of UK

High winds are expected to affect most of the UK until midnight, causing travel disruption for many, and potentially hitting power supplies, the Met Office says.

Western parts will see gusts of up to 80mph at times across exposed coastal areas and 50 to 60mph inland.

Gusts of 67mph have already been recorded in the Isles of Scilly.

For the rest of the country, those winds could get up to 50mph inland and 65mph on the coast.

The worst of the winds will be in the South West, Wales and Scotland, with a “small chance” of “injuries and danger to life” occurring from flying debris, large waves and beach material being whipped up into the air.

Roads and bridges may need to close, and there could be cancellations or delays on all types of transport.

Yellow snow warning in northern parts of Great Britain

Heavy snow is expected across northern parts of Great Britain and will likely disrupt travel, especially on higher ground, according to the Met Office.

The warning will remain in place until midnight on Tuesday.

There could be delays or cancellations affecting trains and air travel, as well as problems on roads that could leave cars and passengers stranded.

The weather could lead to power cuts and disruption to mobile phone coverage and some rural communities could become cut off.

Snow will spread northwards across central and northern England into Scotland during the day, affecting areas north of the Central Belt of Scotland during the evening.

Two to five centimetres of snow is expected in many areas on higher ground, with 10 to 20cm likely in parts of the Southern Uplands and Highlands.

Strong winds will cause blizzards in areas with higher altitudes.

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, a yellow warning for rain and wind is in place until 9am on Wednesday, with a risk of travel disruption and flooding.

The Met Office has warned of a “small chance” that injuries and danger to life could occur “from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties”, or from fast flowing or deep floodwater.

Roads and bridges could close, buildings may be flooded, and travel could be affected by delays and cancellations.

Tiles could be blown off from roofs and power cuts could impact mobile phone coverage.

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