Strong winds continue to batter East Midlands

Kildare Status Orange alert Windy afternoon in store as Storm Eleanor to hit county

Storm Eleanor is on its way

Storm Eleanor is the fifth named storm to hit the British Isles this winter.

The storm rocked France, Germany, Switzerland and Netherlands on Wednesday, where thousands of homes are without power after winds reached 100 miles per hour. Water was more than one foot deep in places.

The storm - named Burglind in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, and Eleanor elsewhere - arrived at a time a cold front set in, and hit Ireland before passing through United Kingdom and then went towards continental Europe.

The forecaster says it will remain extremely windy on Wednesday morning with stormy conditions in the west.

The weekend outlook will see the winds gradually ease with drier conditions developing.

The Met Office issued a Yellow warning for wind in Lancaster yesterday (Tuesday) lasting until 6pm today (Wednesday).

"Although winds are not expected to be as strong as Tuesday evening and last night it has left a swath of strong winds in its wake".

Storm Caroline smashed into the United Kingdom this morning, unleashing "devastating" 90mph winds that have shut schools and sparked travel chaos. High tides and large waves means there is a risk of flooding, said the Environment Agency.

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"We urge people to stay safe on the coast, take extreme care on coastal paths and promenades, and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger trying to take "storm selfies".

A spokesman for the Met Office said: "Public transport may be disrupted or cancelled and some bridges are likely to be closed". There is a good chance that power cuts may occur with mobile phone coverage perhaps affected.

Unlike Ophelia, Eleanor was accompanied by heavy rain.

Storm-force winds in excess of 155kph caused significant damage to electricity networks, particularly in the north-west, west and south-east, it added.

A major clean-up operation is underway in Galway this morning after flooding devastated much of the city centre.

55,000 properties in Ireland experienced blackouts.

Storm Eleanor has battered the island of Ireland, as winds gusting up to 100 miles per hour caused flooding, travel disruption and damage to buildings.

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