Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Three killed as deadly winter storm batters Europe

Three killed as deadly winter storm batters Europe

The ESB has managed to restore power to the majority of homes despite hard weather conditions, as a status orange and yellow wind warning was still in place until 2pm on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, 15 flood warnings have been issued by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) for Wednesday, many covering Dumfries and Galloway.

Six severe flood warnings remain in place in Wales and five flood alerts.

The Severn Crossing between Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire and the Orwell Bridge near Ipswich also closed overnight due to the high winds, the BBC reported.

The Met Office said it will be -10C (14F) in Scotland, gradually warming to -3C (27F) in the south of England on Saturday night.

A status yellow wind warning for the entire country was issued by Met Éireann at 2pm on Wednesday, forecasting mean wind speeds of 50 to 60 km/h and gusts of up to 110 km/h.

The latest weather warnings and strong winds come after winter storm Carmen battered western France on New Year's Day, with about 40,000 homes in the Brittany region temporarily losing power on Monday.

The risky conditions could lead to injuries and a danger of life, as materials and objects go flying.

"It is likely that some coastal routes, seafronts and coastal communities exposed to these winds will be affected by spray and/or large waves".

Storm Eleanor is now over the North Sea and although winds are not expected to be as strong as during Tuesday evening and last night, it has left a swath of strong winds in its wake. There is a good chance that power cuts may occur with mobile phone coverage perhaps affected.

The Met Office warned that although the worst of the storm had passed, strong winds at 45-50 miles per hour inland and greater than 60 miles per hour along the coasts were to be expected.

A woman who went into labour as Storm Eleanor smashed into the United Kingdom was flown 60 miles by rescue helicopter to a specialist neonatal unit in gale force winds.

Storm Eleanor struck the United Kingdom on Tuesday night, January 2, bringing hurricane-force winds and power cuts to thousands of homes.

Forecasters have also said temperatures are set to plummet over the weekend thanks to a cold snap.

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